"God creates the beauty. My camera and I are a witness." - (Mark Denman)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ravens -- Part III

Lots of activity going on in the ravens' nest...
...and it's starting to get a little crowded
Are there three babies or only two?  I'm not sure.
Lots of squawking going on...
...especially when a bird is getting ready to leave the nest...
...or when one returns. 
Babies are still being fed by their parents...
...even though they're already learning how to fly.
Mostly they flit around the water tower...
...and land on one of the many perches, although...
...I did once see an adult and baby go soaring off together.
Quiet time...
...just taking in the surroundings...
...and enjoying a beautiful day.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ravens -- Part II

The babies are here!

Although I never did see any eggs or hatchlings, there must have been, because now I'm seeing babies big enough to peer out of the nest.  There was no need for concern after all (see previous post).

We're Hungry

Mama and Papa Raven

A Tasty Morsel

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ravens on the Water Tower

"Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, 
they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet 
God feeds them. Of how much more value are 
you than the birds?" -- (Luke 12:24)

Some time in February, a pair of ravens took up residence on our town’s water tower which doubles as a transmission tower for the local power company. Their nest rests in a sheltered area behind some wires near the top of the structure.

Because ravens are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the birds cannot be disturbed without Federal permission, and electric company maintenance workers were informed that all routine maintenance on the tower needs to be suspended until the birds leave the nest.  This ordinance has not  been strictly observed, however, as I've seen workers from my balcony (which faces the tower) on at least two occasions.

The first time, some loud clanging and banging was what led me to look out my window, just in time to see a worker wearing a red hard hat scaling the tower directly below and then above the nest.  Unfortunately, by the time I got my camera, he had moved out of range. 

I still see ravens flying back and forth, but can't see if there are any eggs in the nest.  



During the Snow Storm