I returned to the raven's nest a few times. I didn't want to visit too often, for although I could view the nest from a distance and stay hidden on a path in the forest, the male raven knew when I arrived and would call out a warning to the female at the nest. I timed my last visit when I thought that if there were any hatchlings they would be big enough to see and ready to fledge. The forest was quiet as I stood on the path looking through binoculars at the nest. No warning raven call. No ravens flying around or sitting on other trees near the nest. The nest, itself, was also quiet. Had the babies fledged? Had the nest been abandoned for some reason? I'll never know, however, next spring I'll visit the location again in hopes of seeing that the ravens have returned to use the nest.
|Ted Murphy-Kelly, Manager/Head Bander putting up nets|
|Banders Jukka Jantunen and Ted Murphy-Kelly|
|Busy day - birds are brought from the nets in a bag|
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|View from the banding work table|