The wild ravens have been visiting Suk daily for over a month now, Suk will now occasionally interact but his typical reaction is no reaction whatsoever, just goes about his business eating his food, playing with toys or just hanging out “perching”.
The wildones on the other hand are immensely curious and get bolder each day, climbing the sides, banging on the roof and wood, calling and quorking, knocking and tweeting.
It’s clearly apparent that this is a bonded pair that claim this territory as their own. They recognize Suk as one of their kind, he is not convinced.
Because they are such intelligent beings, I believe that they understand that Suk isn’t a threat to them or their territory and they are not being overly aggressive nor does it seem that Suk minds any of the activity, in fact quite the opposite, he’s getting exercise and enrichment from the visits that I can’t provide nearly as well as the wild visitors. They used to wait until we weren’t home to actually get on top of the aviary, but now they are there in the mornings not too long after sunrise. At first they would fly off as soon as I opened the front door of the house, now they wait until I am about halfway to the aviary. Soon, I suspect they will just hang out whenever they want. I am not encouraging them, but also not discouraging them either. They will go and watch my sessions with Suk from nearby trees , quorking and chatting with each other and at us. I have installed a couple different cameras and can monitor the aviary remotely for days that I am not home, there’s also a 2 way speaker so that I can “scare them off” if needed. If anything appears to be bothering Suk we’ll look at other methods of discouraging them but for now, we’re letting nature be.
As you will see (and hear) in the video they are testing everything on the aviary , so far it’s holding up well and gets a full inspection daily. I have to fix little spots of netting here and there, but it’s a tough poly carbonate blend that is very strong, even for a raven beak and the netting goes the full length of the top, even under the roof, they really bang away on the roof, but it too is a very strong polycarbonate material, even if they were to break it, there is netting under so no concerns with access in or out.
Some key points in the video that I’d like to call out:
knock knock, snap. ah oh, ah oh, quorks, ah oh, ah oh, uh ah, uh ah, twitters, keeeekkit, pwaaoop!!
WOW! The vocalizations by this pair are just amazing, it really shows you that they truly are songbirds.
At about the 7 minute mark the 2nd one flies into a tree behind the aviary – seems to be called in by it’s mate. Just a minute later it joins the other on top of the aviary, the video quality ( because I have crappy DSL service for internet) stinks but the audio is worth the watch to me.
So without further ado, here’s the video this is just a section of 1 day’s events edited down to just give you an idea of the interaction ( or lack thereof) between an imprinted raven and wild ones.
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