Toad in the Hole

August 18, 2006

Friday Critter Blogging

A pair of ravens memorizing our license plate number, Drake's Beach, Point Reyes, Marin County, California.

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Posted at August 18, 2006 03:40 PM


I love them. But I hate when they pick off the oystercatcher chicks...

Posted by: Pica at August 19, 2006 01:49 PM

Ow. I understand they're hell on baby desert tortoises, too.

Posted by: Ron at August 19, 2006 04:42 PM

Hilarious! Wonder what they're gonna do with that info...

Posted by: Rurality at August 21, 2006 02:02 PM

Blackmail, I'm sure.

There's at least one raven out there who's wearing a radio wire along with his bands. We've seen him and his mate (bands, no wire IIRC) at Abbott's Lagoon and I forget where else. Now that I think of it, it's been a couple of years since the last time. PRBO has been studying the population there.

At least that's what they _say_ it's for.

Posted by: Ron at August 22, 2006 04:08 AM

I love ravens! They are very, very smart. I once heard on the radio that they and other corvids will actually wallow in ant hills just to get high off an acid released by the crushed ant bodies. Apparently, they are very smart, but they don't have opposable thumbs, so this is just one example of the kind of thing they get up to in order to pass the time.

Coyote is the trickster in the southwest, but in the Pacific northwest, it is Raven, and it is also said that Raven created the world to have a place in which to live and do mischief. I'm not sure it isn't true.

Wonderful picture.

Posted by: Sara at August 23, 2006 04:33 PM

I've considered Raven as a personal patron since, since, well, long before I even met Chris Clarke so he doesn't have first dibs really. Joe and I share a fondness for NW Coast art, especially Haida.

I'll have to go on about anting later. Some other birds do it too. I bet it's a rush.

Posted by: Ron at August 23, 2006 05:29 PM