Thursday, January 3, 2013


My New Year's Resolution for 2013 was to put a large chicken egg out into my platform feeder every day.  One day up on Mt. Veeder I put out an old chicken egg as a way to get rid of it and not waste it.  I figured some wild creature up on the mountain would find it and be happy to eat it.   And that is how I first met Bold and Shy, the Mt. Veeder raven pair.  In the past I have put an egg out in the platform feeder at our new home in the valley.  I have seen a raven come in, pick up the egg and fly off with it a very few times.  Most of time I have a band of crows that visit the feeder.  Crows and ravens don't mix very well I have discovered.  HOWEVER, hope springs eternal.  I know there is a raven pair in the vineyard/park/creek area across from my suburban court.  So in 2013 I hoped to attract them to my backyard feeder.
So this morning I loaded up the feeder.  One egg, left over raisen bread, chicken scraps, unsalted peanuts in the shell and some cat food remains in a small dish.  I was looking out the window and HARK- a raven was trying to land in the platform feeder.  He tried several times, flying down and then soaring up.  At last he was able to land and he had a feast!!!   Oh was I excited and happy.  I could hear some crows in the background.  I am sure they were none too happy but they did not challenge the big guy.  I hope this is the start of a beatiful friendship!
Tomorrow I will put out another egg and some peanuts and see what happens.  I am going to be very diligent about this and see if the raven will return.  2013 could be my lucky raven year!