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I couldn't resist posting this here..


There was a farmer named Ken Kellog. Ken raises sheep, and

he has this surly, unpredictable ram which boldly tries to escape

the pasture at any opportunity. He also has quite a temper (the

ram, not Ken).


A bunch of ravens had their nest near by -- about twenty ravens

in all. Ten ravens make up a swoop, just like more than four

sheep are a flock, etc. Anyway, these ravens loved to harass

the ram. They'd fly down into the field and caw at him until he

charged at them. Then they'd all fly upward, and the ram would

crash into the fence.


Once, though, one of the ravens didn't get out of the way in time,

and he was crushed against the fence post. The others decided

to get revenge. When Farmer Kellog came out to check on his

sheep one day, he forgot to lock the gate properly. The ravens,

working together, pushed it open, and lured the ram out into the

hayfield. They flew towards the bailing machine, the ram bleating

furiously all the way. At the last moment, the ravens pulled up --

and the ram ran straight into the bailer. He came out the other

side in a mangled package. Twenty big black birds came to perch

upon him, satisfied, leaving the farmer with two swoops of ravens

on a package of Kellog's brazen ram.




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Curiously enough, I read a book all about crows this past weekend. We see crows and ravens every day but they are one of the most under studied birds around. This is because they are too dang smart to allow it. Lots of scientists want to study Corvids but they are just too hard to catch.

Judging from the examples in the book, crafty ravens luring rams to their doom is entirely plausible.

I live on the outskirts of a protected wetland and Tex and I follow the antics of about 70 crows. They torment the daylights out of the local bald eagle population.

There are whole chatboards devoted to crow-nuts who are as potty about their ravens as we are about our dogs.

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