Monday, November 3, 2014
Bird of the Day: Raven at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley
They truly are smart. A friend of mine told me a story of a German tourist feeding some sparrows at an American Park (Yosemite, maybe?). She kept shooing off the Raven that wanted a share, so the Raven went a short distance away and waited. When the sparrow wasn't looking, the Raven swooped in...and grabbed the sparrow! The tourist was indignant...
Though mistaken for crows sometimes, the Ravens are distinctly different. They are much larger, and much less sociable, mostly hanging out in pairs. Their calls are much deeper. They range across much of the United States, in habitats ranging from alpine peaks to the hottest deserts. They are sometimes pests, but they are almost always fascinating to watch.