Monday, June 15, 2015

Judging too quickly.....

Lynx-eyed to our neighbours,
and moles to ourselves.
         Jean de La Fontaine


Most days you will find me sitting at my kitchen table with pen in hand, scribbling down words on paper. With a slight turn of the head I am lucky enough to have a wondrous, beautiful world just beyond the windowpane. This is the place where I think, dream, and if I am lucky, create.

My view is like no other, and for that I am truly grateful. Fields of green (at least this time of year). Old and still standing strong buildings, that have been around long before my time. Cows and calves that like to watch me as I work, and of course an abundance of wildlife.


Most days there is the usual and predictable, like my Taunting Turkeys strutting. There are dancing deer picking and choosing the juiciest of morsels from the ground, and not to forget our two resident coyotes. They have been here for two winters now. They have not harmed anything here on the farm. They keep the rodent population and unfortunately for the rabbits, their population down too. If there was a problem I would be the first to know, and then that problem would have to be handled. Our cows and calves keep a close eye on them without fear.


Well, last Thursday things were a bit more exciting outside my window. I turned to see all the calves running. Two older mothers were running while trying to keep up with them. At first I thought they were just running because honestly that is what the young ones spend most of their time doing. On closer inspection I could see that they were chasing one of those coyotes.


I know what you are thinking. That is what I was thinking too. It is true that most often in these instances we are quick to judge. We are all wrong. They were not chasing off the coyotes. They were actually chasing what was chasing the coyotes. Gigantic Common Ravens were swooping over the coyotes head. There are a lot of Common Ravens living here now. I can tell what they are by listening to their unique call  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2501. They are beautiful, intelligent birds and I honestly do not know why they are here, or where they came from. Or for that matter, what they want.


By this point you are probably wondering. How did I know that this is what they were actually chasing? Keep in mind, those very same coyotes walk amongst our cows and calves every day. They can be seen eating the rodents, with none of that chasing going on. That lone coyote went underneath the rail fence after escaping the dive bombing Common Ravens, and then those very same Common Ravens turned back around. The Common Ravens started flying close to the calves. The calves suddenly all bunched up together once again, and with those two mother cows still following close behind, started chasing those Ravens off again.


Mother Nature always leaves me with questions. What is the real threat here?

Later


28 comments:

  1. I must ponder that question a bit more . . .
    What is the real threat . . .
    FEAR . . . false evidence appearing real . . . hmmmmm . . .

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  2. how interesting! we don't get ravens here. just crows.

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  3. Animal protection. We don't have Ravens either as you know, just crows...Hugs M xoxox

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  4. Wonderful post and photos ! Ravens beaks are thicker them Crows and they are larger then Crows to . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  5. It's true that sometimes our first impressions are completely wrong. As for why the ravens are there, that's a good question! I've seen a few this year too.

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  6. How fascinating. And how right you are about first impressions. Proof positive that we shouldn't believe all that we think.

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  7. Great post and images! We get a lot of crows here. Need ear plugs to sleep in some mornings.

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  8. That is an interesting scenario. Amazing that the coyotes wander among the cows without any issues. Perhaps the ravens just want some of the rodents that the coyotes are eating.

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  9. I love seeing glimpses of your farm and its animals. And aren't we all too quick to judge? I find it so.

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  10. That coyote in the photo would make me nervous during calving time. We have both coyotes and wolves and Chance doesn't want anything to do with either of them...he won't go outside by himself either when they are around. We have one or maybe two obnoxious Ravens...they like the suet feeders...carried two of them off this spring...and didn't return them:(

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  11. I would think that the raven is chasing the coyote to get what the coyote was eating. I don't know why the calves were chasing the raven. Ravens have been expanding their territory. They are probably returning to territory they once used.

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  12. I have never been around ravens until we went bear hunting. My they are loud birds with many different sounds. To be honest they had me on edge the whole hunt. I have seen so many things as you described out hunting. Mother Nature is so amazing. I love the photo of the cows with the coyote in the back ground.

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  13. Sounds that you have a wonderful seens outside your window. when you feel bored you can have a look through your kitchen window to have a pleasant mind...

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  14. We are far too quick to judge, good thing we have you to point out the error of our ways!

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  15. WOW! What an interesting observation, which makes wonder as well!...:)JP

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  16. No Ravens for us, but I do like them.

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  17. Those cows and calves know when something is out of the ordinary! I don't think I've ever seen a raven around here. When I hear of them, I automatically think of Edgar Allen Poe...

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  18. Nevermore! That is all I know about ravens. Wish our coyotes were so "friendly and helpful." And I'll just imagine that we have cows in our meadow. Enjoyed this post a lot. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  19. Sounds like maybe a raven nest was in danger. Who knows?

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  20. I would have thought the coyote had got a baby raven? It's interesting that the coyotes and cow co-exist. Haven't seen a wild turkey in ages.

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  21. What a wonderful thing to witness!

    Critters seem to work things out.

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  22. How interestingly odd. Never a dull moment outside your window!

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  23. Buttons,
    Always something to learn just outside our doors and windows.
    Mother nature has a lot to show us.
    Great post.

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  24. Many would not want coyotes around where there were young calves. Coyotes are suspected of carrying off chickens, geese, and maybe even the pet cat where our daughter and son-in-law are living.

    The view out your window sounds amazing!

    xo Nellie

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  25. I suppose the real threat depends upon who is asking.

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  26. Doesn't seem very neighborly, but they probably know something I don't.

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  27. Coyotes make me nervous if they get too close to the house, and get too brave. I've seen one try to take down a new calf in my neighbor's field, so I know they will do it if hungry enough. It is a wonder, what is a threat of what these days.

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