Raven, the Trickster Bird

A sign in Wales informs me that the raven is 25 inches long from beak to tail! I didn’t see any ravens in Wales but at home in British Columbia they’re all over the place, distinguished from crows by their enormous size and slightly more hooked beak.The North Stacks in Anglesey, Wales has an old brick factory that has been converted into an outdoor art gallery containing scenes of life in the area which includes this bird painting of a RavenRaven on top of Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. This character hopped all around us, aiming to get some crumbs from our sandwiches. He didn’t have much luck with the greedy (but cute) Whisky Jacks usually jumping in there first.
A raven on Cypress Mountain run through the photo app StackablesA gleaming raven, the colour of an oil slick, strutting on the beach at the end of the Tonquin Trail in Tofino on Vancouver Island, BC.
A colourful raven strutting on the beach at the end of the Tonquin Trail in Tofino on Vancouver Island, BCA Bill Reid sculpture of a raven presiding over the ‘birth of mankind’ at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver. In the native north coastal communities the raven is often bored and thus created the  world of humans for his own amusement. He is also a trickster, agin because he is easily bored.A Bill Reid sculpture of a raven presiding over the 'birth of mankind' at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, CanadaSign describing the difference between crows and ravens of Picos de Europa, Spain.Sign describing the crows and ravens of Picos de EuropaA raven supervises the parking on the signs leading to the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. A crow supervises the parking on the signs leading to the Cliffs of Moher, IrelandA crow on the slate wall, also at the Cliffs of Moher. The only difference between the two that I can spot is the tuft of feathers on top of the beak. The Morrígan, a Celtic queen, often appears as a crow or raven. A crow on the slate wall at the Cliffs of Moher, IrelandRyan Photography’s Photo for the Week: Bird.

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3 responses to “Raven, the Trickster Bird

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  2. I just had about 20 Ravens come on our roof while we were at the bedroom end of the house. How they knew we were in there, not sure. One knocked on the sky light and rest ran on the roof, very noisy. They were telling us that coyotes were in the field with our llamas. Sad part is because one of the llamas had passed away from old age. Nature took the lead and cleaned up the passing. But I am sure the ravens wanted us to know or to scare away the coyotes.I like the ravens. Interesting birds.

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