The Raven and the Coyote - Whenever I see ravens out in the sage, I look closely for predators. It seems that coyotes are regularly nearby. That was the case this day. The ravens were on what was left of an elk kill, which wasn’t much and this guy was right in the vicinity. I think he was looking for an opportune catch rather than actually scavenging.
The #whiteneckedraven got it's name due to the white band on the back of its lower back.
It measures about 50-54 cm in length.
The bird has black plumage except for the blackish-brown throat, chest and neck, with a faint purple gloss.
It has a shorter tail and a black, deeper and arched bill than its relative the #ThickbilledRaven .
The bird mostly feed on the ground, but may also forage on trees.
They take carrion (dead animals) they have been seen to drop tortoises from a height onto hard ground meaning highly intelligent, they also eat fruits, grain, insects, small reptiles, peanuts and human food.
White-necked Ravens nests 3 - 5 eggs on the ledges of cliffs and very rearly on trees.
Their calls are similar to those of the #commonraven except with a more husky note.
Photo credits @ethan.hill
Distractions from Progress: False Preservation in the National Seashore
Why does the park service provide the visual appearance of attempting to help the struggling snowy plovers with signs on beaches while doing nothing about the number one cause of the proliferation of the primary predator of the plover, the common raven? Answer: It looks good from a PR standpoint, pacifying the public, while the park service fails to address the real issue.
It is documented via published studies and overwhelming visual
evidence that ranching in the seashore promotes raven populations
Yet we are more likely to hear proposals of shooting the ravens or even pursuing the use of poison within the national seashore to fight raven populations rather than hear any plan to end the source of the problem in the first place; the existence of the ranches.
The “pro-ag” corruption runs deep in Marin County, infecting even the staff of the national seashore.