Raven on the roof

I’ve got lots of news to report but I’m too busy so here’s a raven photo.A high contrast image of a silhouetted raven sitting on a gray metal roof, against a pale yellow sky

I call this bird my barn raven, because she/he/it hangs out with my horses. My raven is usually alone even though there are plenty of other ravens that live in and above my valley. Sometimes, but not often, another bird shows up with mine, but I don’t think that one is all that interested in in horses or talking to other species.

A raven’s voice is meant to be heard.  When I hear the gronks and croaks, the gurgles and occasional squawks, the muttering talky-talk that ravens do (though rarely any cawing when at the barn, since those calls are not meant for me), I peek out the window knowing I’ll see my raven out there speechifying.

The horses don’t pay any attention to it, far as I can tell. They ignore the sound of the raven hopping around on the metal of the roof, or the chatter when it’s on the horse fence panels. Sometimes it’ll be practically under one of the mares’ feet, stealing a bit of breakfast. The horses don’t mind. Sometimes my raven launches from the rim of the water trough when a horse comes to drink. This bird is so huge that the horses aren’t ever startled. They can’t help but know she/he/it is there.

My lovely raven tolerates me taking photos. Most all wildlife will flee at the sight of a human’s arms lifting, as if to shoot, but my barn raven has learned that I’m possibly trustworthy.



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About lifstrand

Lif Strand began writing fiction when she was a kid. Nobody read her stories. A former Arabian horse breeder and endurance racer, then reporter and freelance white paper writer, Lif lives in a straw bale house off-the-grid and writes fiction once more--or at least whenever she’s not scooping horse poop, taking photos, or playing with fabric art.

One Response to Raven on the roof

  1. Linda Brown says:

    We love our ravens. I would love to earn one’s trust. What an honor!