Saturday, April 2, 2011

Raven-esque beauty

 Is not the raven a thing of beauty?
Object of myth and poetry, the common raven is an intelligent bird of prey.
Common ravens are actually rather remarkable animals. These sleek, black birds are excellent and acrobatic fliers on par with falcons and hawks. 

These intelligent birds were honored by Native Americans and often portrayed as sly pranksters for their playful nature.

Known as scavengers, ravens are also effective hunters that sometimes use cooperative techniques. Teams of ravens have been known to hunt down game too large for a single bird. They also prey on eggs and nestlings of other birds, such as coastal seabirds, as well as rodents, grains, worms, and insects. Ravens do dine on carrion and sometimes on human garbage.

In winter, common ravens may gather in flocks to forage during the day and to roost at night. During the rest of the year, they are often coupled, or in small groups.

 Ah, socially hunting carrion feeders, a Necromancer's ideal bird. Also, did you know that , when grouped, they are referred to as a "Flock", unlike a group of crows, which is called a "Murder"? True fact! Speaking of which, did you ever wonder what a group of Seagulls is called? (Sorry, couldn't resist).

Oh, yeah, since  we're talking Ravens...

It's that time again..."Feathers have Fallen" There are now 6 (of 14) code pieces to find. (More soon).

Hint#5 : " 'Quoth the raven' graphic to the right leads to a feather in conTEXT"
Hint #6 : "Feathery flapping wings go "swish" (March, 2011)

Previous Hints: ( and Original Contest post&Rules )
Hint #1 (*modified*) "If you're looking for my BLOG 'followers', you won't see them, but you will find something else"
Hint #2 "The post where HiaG all began"
Hint #3: "I love pop-culture references! Have you heard Merle Ambrose's bloopers? (May, 2010)
Hint #4: "I have advice for young W101 bloggers (July, 2009)

Be Well!

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