This morning, I had to drive to Ithaca. Pat Folsom was going birding, so we caravanned over the mountain to Addison County for a few quick stops before parting ways at the bridge. Highlight of the day was a murder of 20+ Ravens at the New Haven Town Garage. Many of you have probably seen more together, but I think it's the most I've ever seen at once.
After leaving Pat, I crossed the bridge and made my way to the intersection of 9B and 74 -- where the McDonald's is at Ticonderoga.
As I approached the traffic light, a very large, very dark bird on perfectly flat wings was descending toward me over the road ahead. It swung to my left and looked like it was going to land, so I pulled-over on the shoulder. There is a gas station on the left at that light, and the bird glided-in and landed on the roof of the garage. I was about 150' away -- across the street, directly in front of the garage -- and could clearly see that it was about the biggest, handsomest Raven I ever saw -- ruffly feathers and all. I reached for my cell phone to take a picture, and the bird hopped from the roof of the garage, down onto the roof of a pickup truck parked nose-to in front of the garage!
I'm thinking, "now there's something you don't see every day…", when the bird upped the game by hopping onto the box-rail on the right side of the truck. I looked down to select the "camera" app on my iphone, and when I looked back up, it was gone. I couldn't believe it could just disappear. So, I stared at the truck for a moment or two, and up popped a black head and big beak from inside the truck box. Down it went. Up it came. Just the head. Then, something else popped up. I couldn't tell what it was -- maybe something like a piece of cardboard? Then, nothing more happened for a few seconds. And Pop!, the bird hops up onto the left rail of the truck and takes flight with an obviously much treasured full sandwich or piece of pizza in its beak!
I can just hear the guy who's lunch that was accusing all his buddies or making-off with his chow!
How the heck the bird knew it was there, or had the chutzpah to land where it did, hop in the truck and make off with the goods beats me. Great show, through.