Friday, March 16, 2018

I Bugged the Raven

Late this afternoon I hiked across the fields of Valley Forge, crossed over County Line Road and looked to see if the raven was on the raven's nest.  And yes, he or she was.  I was quite far away up on the ridge, but the raven saw me as well, left the nest and flew far away, circled and then came roaring back and landed in a tree close to where I was standing.  He cawed and cawed and ruffled his feathers and yelled at me.  And I just took his picture and tried to remain calm.  He or she finally calmed down, flew back to the nest and settled back in.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Gray Ghost

The beautiful male Northern Harrier floating above Valley Forge this morning.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Ravens and Their Nest

At first I just heard their interesting voices which carried all the way up the newly created meadow to the edge of the woods where I was standing in Valley Forge.  Their voices belonged to a pair of mating ravens.  I could see them flying into and landing on the stone wall just above the old coyote den, so I took my big lens and walked down into the meadow and back up the hill and found the nest.  Then Mr. Raven came flying back with a treat for Mrs. Raven.
Then I saw a hawk sitting in a tree watching the ravens and their nest.  Not a good sign.  The hawk saw me and flew into the dense brush near the nest.  That's when Mr. Raven took off after the hawk and chased him away.  Oh I hope the hawk does not steal the baby ravens once they are born.  It is a cruel world out there!!  (Click on the photos for a better view.)