Nice pix, Cynthia!
Re the Ravens-- in many bird species, the male feeds the female as part
of the courtship and bonding rituals, and that's sure what this looks
like. He'll probably have to feed her at least occasionally when she's
in the crucial stages of incubating/brooding chicks, so she's making him
demonstrate his willingness and ability to do that.
Cynthia Crawford wrote:
> Had a surprise visitor at my feeders this AM. Was about to go out to refill
> and saw a grey-ish bird- definitely not an over-sized Junco! Grabbed a
> camera and got a few bad shots through the window, but enough to identify a
> sharp-shinned hawk looking for Junco breakfast. Suddenly Very quiet around
> here for 15 minutes. Only about 20 feet from house. Never seen one here before.
> There was one song sparrow among the 15 or so Juncos along with my usual
> chickadees, red and white-breasted nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers
> and a flock of abut 20 goldfinches.
> Do people post photos on this list?
> Cindy Crawford (new member)
> Norwich, Vt.
> P.S. have lots of local bird photos here:
> bad pics of Sharp-shinned
> Pileated Woodpecker in Quechee, taken a few weeks ago, and latest is a
> sequence of pictures of 2 Ravens interacting. One seemed to be begging food
> from the other...or was it some other behavior?