Happy Winter Solstice 2017

Happy Winter Solstice 2017

The darkest day of the year has come and happily soon will be gone. Neither our resident corvids nor their devoted staff like short days and long nights. But crows have a way of brightening up even the toughest days in their own way, as noted by Robert Frost: DUST OF...
Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

As befits the holiday, Minion Man and I have dutifully labored for the benefit of our corvid overlords. Broken perch replaced? Check. Three boxes of rejected nest sticks removed from the enclosure? Check. Gravel poured over bald patches on the ground to prevent...
Corvids in Colorado: A Short Discourse

Corvids in Colorado: A Short Discourse

Minion Man and I went on an anniversary trip (26 years and counting), leaving Super Son to minister unto the domestic corvids. We headed off to Colorado, where we spent five days in Colorado Springs, in an airbnb a stone’s throw away from the Garden of the Gods....
Mistletoe Musings

Mistletoe Musings

Add mistletoe to the list of appropriated Christmas traditions. It turns out the plant, which is actually a parasite that grows on certain trees, made its debut as a holiday crowd pleaser in ancient Greece, where it was considered a symbol of fertility—hence the...
Spring Corvid Update

Spring Corvid Update

So the big news is that ravens have been spotted in the District of Columbia for the first time in over a century. A pair has built a nest under a bridge somewhere in the District, and the female is incubating a clutch of eggs that should hatch in a few weeks. The...