Resident Ravens

This Raven is one of a mated pair that has been visiting our ranch for about five years. Their nest is in the mountains behind our place, come February the female won’t be around because she’ll be sitting on eggs. Nevertheless, they are still quite vocal and communicate from afar. It doesn’t look like it in these pictures, but they are huge, their wing span is about 3 feet.

They don’t come here to find a meal, there’s nothing on the ranch that interests them except my water troughs. They actually bring food they find from elsewhere and drop it wash it in the big troughs. I find tortillas, bread, and dog food most often, but also odd things like fast food ketchup packets, unidentified bones, and junk food wrappers.

They are here year-round, and come January when the rains and cold weather arrive, it’s not uncommon to see them in the barn, perched on the horse’s backs for warmth.

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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3 Responses to Resident Ravens

  1. Ingrid says:

    At the Grand Canyon a Raven tore up our sewer line. Hubby was warned about this, but that’s another story 😉

  2. bulldogsturf says:

    I love it… you have obviously taken an interest and know the birds… that’s what being close to nature is all about…

  3. kford2007 says:

    I love that you recognize them and enjoy their company. We used to have a dove that roosted in the eves above our front porch. Their young return to the place where they were born to lay their eggs, so for many years we had generations of doves that would roost in our front porch. Something must have happened to the doves two years ago because their nest sits empty. I hope someday they return. It was so wonderful watching the babies hop around, grow and eventually fly away.

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