We have to say these are among our favorite birds. The largest of the songbirds, they are the smartest creatures. Watching a pair doing acrobatics, tumbling and dancing in the sky, is the treat of a season. Ravens can survive in difficult conditions, and some places they're the only birds to be seen.
Ravens can cause trouble for humans and have been implicated in "fouling satellite dishes at the Goldstone Deep Space Site, peeling radar absorbent material off buildings at the China Lake Naval Weapons center, pecking holes in airplane wings, and stealing golf balls."
This pair was photographed in Death Valley. (11/07)