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Author Topic: Nest #9 West Carmichael - 2013-2014 Season  (Read 52024 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: January 26, 2014, 12:04:09 PM »

 
As the youngster took off, an adult flew over my head & inland from the water, so perhaps this was a chase off?
i heard trilling & spotted another adult further behind my yard & closer to the Nest Tree.
 
january 10 2014 13:19 - adult Eagle perched Niner perch Tree
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #16 on: February 06, 2014, 10:25:09 AM »

 
There is a lovely Raven pair in my neighbourhood that i have enjoyed watching for years.
They Nest somewhere near Nest #9, but i have never found their Nest.
i believe they make a new Nest every year, which makes it even harder to find.
It is surprising how close to Eagle Nest #9 their Nest is.
i hear the youngsters from my back yard every year.
They sound like something from the age of the Dinosaurs!
It*s fun to see them show up in the perch Trees near my house.
This Raven pair is a real pair!
They spend a lot of time together, often side by side, & i*ll see one preening the other.
i was filling up my firewood when i heard these lovely quiet sounds the pair were making.
So i got out my camera to see if they*d let me do a video of them.
In this first video, the Raven on the right is begging their partner to preen them!
Look how they have dropped their head to beg.
The Raven on the left complies, then feaks their beak & does a shuggle.
The one on the right continues to beg for preening.
Then watch him fiddle with the branch, she joins in.
i believe this is more courtship display?
Apparently males & females are pretty similar in size, but males are larger?
So perhaps the one on the right is the male?
Aren*t they a lovely pair?
Obviously going through courtship together.
They are perched in a dead Maple Tree that is covered in moss & lichen.
Watch how they enjoy picking off the lichens & bark, she even uses her foot to hold the branch while she picks!
You can hear the Anna*s Hummingbird chittering while the Raven picks at the branch at the end of this video.
Be sure to turn your volume way up for these three videos.
The Ravens were making really lovely vocalizations, which is what caught my attention in the first place.

january 26 2014 15:24 - Raven pair


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KULzLWGjPq0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KULzLWGjPq0</a>


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« Post / Reply #17 on: February 06, 2014, 11:13:13 AM »

 
Oh, i LOVE this vocalization!
We hear this on the webcam!
Now you can see what it looks like being made.
Look how fluffed up the head & neck feathers are on this absolutely gorgeous Bird! ♥
Notice how the tail splays open & the wings are opened partway.
This is during the thick fog we had, so you hear the clicking of my camera as it is trying to adjust light settings.
Near the beginning of the video, listen for the vocalizations of the other Raven.
They make a kind of soft whooh, then they make a sound that is like cracking a stick!
What a gorgeous setting with all that Moss & Fog, eh?
Notice when the Raven who is making the stick-breaking sound lands next to the first Raven, that they have a very light patch right where the neck feathers join the breast!
i have never seen this before, but it is how i tell one from the other.
This is the male?
Is this lovely footage or WHAT?
Listen for the sound of the wings as one takes off & comes my way, then returns to the other.
That is a very distinctive sound that always tells me a Raven is flying overhead.
While the one is picking Moss off the dead Maple, you can hear the Anna*s Hummingbird again.


january 26 2014 15:41 - Raven pair


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWKYsmNqUJA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWKYsmNqUJA</a>


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« Post / Reply #18 on: February 06, 2014, 11:20:03 AM »

 
Okay, last one, i can*t believe my luck today!
i feel honoured to have been able to witness & photograph these scenes!
It is so intimate!
Oh, another vocalization & how it is made!
This one we are all more familiar with.
More wing whistling too.

january 26 2014 15:46 - Raven pair


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvOLC6xv0K8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvOLC6xv0K8</a>


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« Post / Reply #19 on: February 06, 2014, 04:08:28 PM »

These really are terrific videos, booni!  I love the one of the raven making the kronking sounds, complete with shoulder lifts and tail flare ~ wonderful!

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« Post / Reply #20 on: February 06, 2014, 04:51:36 PM »

Booni!  You just keep getting better and better!  heart

The wonderful video where one raven is begging for grooming - I can just hear it saying "ooooh yes, there, no down a bit, yessss, that's it - more, more more"  wink

... and the sounds, their voices - the cracking sticks one just broke me up - good shrug of the shoulders, snap crackle pop!

The humming bird calls I couldn't quite make out - is it those little tapping sounds?  Would the humming birds be hanging around in hopes of some bugs from the moss which is being picked off the branches?  My hummers are getting slim pickings in this frosty weather, but enjoying the feeders (which keep freezing and needing to be changed over). 

Ravens are one of my favourites, and I love this pair.  Would these be the same ones I was watching from your garden last year, with their offspring?  My pictures here: 




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« Post / Reply #21 on: February 06, 2014, 05:22:36 PM »

What neat videos Booni.  Loved the vocalizations as well as the behaviors that are associated with the calls.  Keep 'em coming!!!
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« Post / Reply #22 on: February 06, 2014, 08:18:28 PM »

Wow Booni you are so lucky.   How very special to see this and you are such a special person to share this with us so we may enjoy nature in all its wonder ♥
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« Post / Reply #23 on: February 07, 2014, 01:40:47 AM »

Booni  I love your videos of this beautiful pair of ravens.  I got the chance to watch a pair of ravens do their courtship dance.  They were both on the ground, and slowly moving their feet. The male (I assume) stood tall with his top knot and neck feathers puffed out. The female would lower herself horizontal and raise her head up and down. They would lift their feet and hold them out for a second or two then lower each foot and raise the other. All very slowly. They would move around each other or walk side by side for a few steps. All the time making their his and her sounds. The dance lasted 10 or 15 mins.  They were so careful with their steps and would touch beaks occasionally.   I stood there totally transfixed.   This pair will be getting ready to fix up their nest soon.     heart
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« Post / Reply #24 on: February 07, 2014, 09:35:38 AM »


Oh, wow, linused, what a beautiful thing to behold!
Was this recently then?
i think the Ravens gear up for nesting quite a bit earlier than the Eagles do.

fol-di, go here & scroll down to *Chatter* calls.
That is what you can hear in the Raven videos.
The Ravens are in the cabin driveway, whereas the Anna*s Hummingbird is just past the gate into my garden where i have the Hummingbird feeder up.
The Hummer chatters away like that while perched, & while feeding.
i am having trouble with freezing feeders too!
But thanks to Madrona, i fashioned a heater for one using a plant pot, some wire & a trouble light.
It was getting dark when i set it up, & there was ice forming at the top of it.
But the light bulb gives off just enough heat to defrost that & keep it defrosted.
Brilliant!
&, yes, your fotos show the Tree across the road from me & my backyard Tree.
You see those two Trees featured often in this Nest #9 topic!
They are used by Ravens, Eagles of all ages, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, a Merlin, Robins & Band-Tailed Pigeons!

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« Post / Reply #25 on: February 07, 2014, 03:26:16 PM »

The ravens are fascinating! Thank you.
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« Post / Reply #26 on: February 16, 2014, 10:26:23 AM »

 
Another video of the lovely neighbourhood Raven making calls.
Look at that shiny intelligent eye!  heart
i LOVE the glossy neck feathers catching the sun as they call!


february 8 2014 13:10 - Raven making calls


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlzXn5RkP9Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlzXn5RkP9Y</a>

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« Post / Reply #27 on: February 16, 2014, 01:56:05 PM »



love Love LOVE .(and miss) that sound!!  Miigwetch~
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« Post / Reply #28 on: March 11, 2014, 10:29:44 PM »

On March 7, on the return leg of my paddle to Collishaw Point (see the series of posts starting here), as I was passing through the territory of this nest, I saw a commotion of splashing on the shore.

The herring were rushing into the seaweed just above the retreating tide!
March 7, 12:01



The fish don't stay stuck on that rock shelf. they wiggle around and soon find their way back to the ocean.








(This last one I like mostly because of the drops of water flying up.)


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« Post / Reply #29 on: March 12, 2014, 07:08:40 AM »

 eek! Wow that is really interesting observation Wren! We learn new things every day!
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