Snowy Owl Harassed by Common Ravens
By: Pat Coate
I recently sat in my car with the window down observing and photographing a snowy owl perched on its usual utility pole. I heard and saw a lone raven flying from the north, quorking (one of the common raven’s vocalizations) as it flew. The snowy owl seemed to hear the raven too as it immediately flew directly over my car and landed on the ground along the driveway at the gravel pits.
Another car drove into the gravel pit driveway spooking the owl which then flew off across the frozen quarry.
Next thing I knew the owl was getting a less-than-friendly “welcome to the neighborhood” greeting from at first one raven, then a second, and finally a third. It was interesting to watch as the three ravens would seem to menace the owl and then the owl would suddenly leap towards one of the ravens leading with its talons. Eventually the three ravens decided not to push their luck and flew off leaving the snowy owl in peace.
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