Where ravens fly

The raven masters the most spectacular voices. Once we sat on a mountain in Sweden.
We thought we were in hidden camera because of an unusual sound slamming around between the mountain walls. Boing! Boing! Boing !!
We went home without finding the team behind the film, or being offered a dinner as compensation for the teasing.
Now we know it was the raven, with its unusual calling.

16 Comments on “Where ravens fly

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  2. I would never have guessed it was a raven. They have an altogether different call here. It would be interesting to know for sure.

  3. We had a starling in the garden that made the sound of a trim phone. They are well known mimics but when would it ever have heard one? I don’t think they’ve sold them since the 1970’s.

    Sometimes see ravens and peregrines fighting over territory. That can be noisy!

    • Hi George. Peregrines and ravens! That’s an interesting match. I would like to watch that fight, although it is undoubtedly very noisy 😊
      Starlings are impressive in many ways and they are very good at imitate other bird voices. I love the idea with the trim phone. And mind you many people love retro objects, at least in Denmark and I found out that you can buy a trim phone on Amazon 🧙‍♀️ ☎ 😎

      • It’s usually a flock of ravens and a solitary peregrine. The ravens tried to mob the falcon but it’s usually too fast for them. I have seen it where the raven almost does a tumble turn in the air then flies back at top speed straight at the raven it’s earmarked as the victim. When I witnessed it, the raven go out the way just in time (and the rest of the flock scattered too). I was speaking to an RSPB steward who told me he’d seen the same thing, but on that occasion the raven wasn’t so nimble. It ended in a loud thud and a flurry of black feathers.

      • That’s an interesting story! I didn’t know that the peregrine falcon had such great variety in its prey. Your story made me read more about the falcon. The biggest prey according to allaboutbirds.org is a Sandhill Crane, but the falcon isn’t picky. The smallest bird is a hummingbird.
        Glad your raven won the fight. Otherwise I wouldn’t like to see the fight, even if it is the course of nature 😊

      • Indeed. I don’t think peregrines go after ravens as prey (except perhaps chicks), but they are fierce rivals over territory. Ravens attack mob handed and if they caught the peregrine could probably do it a lot of damage. However, the falcons are faster and more aerobatic. I think what I witnessed was a case of self-defence by going on the attack.

  4. How very strange! 🙂 🙂 Up in the hills today we could hear 2 very deep voiced birds calling to each other across the valley. Mick thought they were corncrakes, but not sure.

    • Hi Jo. It’s always interesting to try to find the bird. I found the voice from a corncrake on a Danish site. Maybe you can recognise it? :

      • That’s kind of you, Hanna. Listening to it, I’m not entirely certain. I had intended to check before writing next Monday’s post but I’m nowhere near doing that at the moment. 🙂 🙂 Many thanks to you!

      • Some things never change, Hanna! I think this is what we heard but my husband is adamant it was the corncrake 🙂 🙂 We shall agree to differ as we can’t prove otherwise, but thank you for your help.

    • Hi Linda. I do recognise your fascination of the bird. In my everyday forest I know where I can find them. I simply love when they fly together high above the forest, exchanging information. It IS magically to watch them. They seem secretive and impressive at the same time.

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