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

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


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