Reader Stories–Winners of Best Raven Story Ever Announced

Diane Phelps Budden with Shade the Raven

Diane Phelps Budden with Shade

Because raven lovers have a favorite story or two about the birds in their backyard or town, I launched a Best Raven Story Ever Contest. Winners to receive a free copy of The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird.  Two winners were chosen and their stories are provided below:

Winners of Best Raven Story Ever Announced–Two Winners!!

IMG_1639Because raven lovers have a favorite story or two about the birds in their backyard or town, I launched a Best Raven Story Ever Contest, winners to receive a free copy of The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird.  Two winners were chosen and here are their stories.

Raven Reunion–from Donna in Sedona:

“I’ve lived in a cul-de-sac in West Sedona for over ten years.  Across the street they have huge pine trees, which, of course, the ravens love.  There is a “couple” who love to sit on the very top branches.  One day I looked out my window and saw 40 or 50 ravens standing around, visiting, scattered through the entire cul-de-sac.  I was so surprised that I didn’t even think to grab a
camera…I wish I had.”

Diane-I think Donna was quite lucky to see such a large gathering of ravens–I call it raven “eye candy!” What we can’t know is why the group assembled there at that time since it wasn’t a food source. Ah, if only we could decipher those “quorks.”  But read on about another kind of raven gathering…

Another kind of raven gathering–from Tish in Flagstaff AZ

“One morning I was in my house in Flagstaff, AZ., when I heard ravens squawking very loudly out in the front.  I always go see what is going
on when the ravens squawk loudly because it will be something interesting.  One time I saw a coyote walking between my house and the house next door with a rock squirrel in his mouth.  But today I saw a lot of ravens in the pine trees of the neighbor’s yard across the street. When I looked on the ground, I saw a juvenile raven surrounded by adult ravens. The juvenile was lying on its face and the adults were nudging it with their beaks encouraging it to get up.  All the while many ravens in the trees above continued their very loud squawking! The juvenile tried to get up many times but could not raise its head.  I thought that perhaps it had flown into the tree trunk close to it. Finally, all the ravens left, except for a few who stayed to keep watch over the juvenile until it breathed no more.”

Diane–In his book, “Animal Dialogues: uncommon encounters in the wild,” Craig Childs describes just such an experience in the Utah canyon lands. He believed it was a raven wake for one of its own who had died. They seemed to be paying their respects much as humans do at the passing of one of their own. While it’s impossible to know this for certain, I like to think this behavior adds to the characterization of ravens as sociable beings, like humans, even if my thinking is anthropomorphic.

Congratulations to the winners, both who have earned a copy of my book “The Un-Common Raven.” Thanks for taking the time to enter.