A Conspiracy of Ravens

The Blonde Coyote overlooking our big backyard from the edge of Mesa Viento

Today felt like the first day of winter. On my evening hike, up Mesa Viento, I dug my hat and gloves out of my pack for the first time since leaving Maine.

As I sat on the southern edge of the mesa, in the wind, overlooking my big backyard, a flock of about fifty ravens flew overhead, a sure sign of winter. During the nesting season, roughly from May through October, ravens live in territorial mated pairs, but in winter, dozens flock together in overnight roosts. These raucous groups are known as a conspiracy, an unkindness, or a constable of ravens.

I headed down the mesa well before sunset to avoid the herd of feral horses, which usually wander up the mesa at dusk. I wonder if they’ll keep the habit through the winter. Viento means wind and come winter, this mesa is no place to overnight.

A Conspiracy of Ravens

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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2 Responses to A Conspiracy of Ravens

  1. Pingback: Wilding Horses: Revisited « Travels with the Blonde Coyote

  2. Oldfaz says:

    Again, I Learn Something New… Always Thought Group of Birds was a “Flock.” Goes to Show, You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks… Never, Do I Stop Learning… Thank You

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