Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ravens nest early

If I recall, by mid-February, the he and the she of a pair are sitting their nests. About three or four days ago, I espied a pair flitting about from Ponderosa pine to Ponderosa, talking in that low, intimate gurgley voice that ravens sometimes use. LH & I always called it saying sweet nothings.

In any event, one of the pair flew to the very top of a tall pine and proceded to posture, caw, and perhaps test the particular needles for suitability in a new nest.

After a short while, the bird decided it wanted to be elsewhere. While my camera was recording this picture, it had time to flee the scene. I've kept a lookout for this pair and, while they've been back once or twice, that's it. I had hoped that they might make a home that I could see out my big front windows, but that doesn't seem very likely.

Next, I may report on the saga of my iMac, the exploding capacitors, and my crashed hard drive.


OmegaMom said...

Ooog. *Exploding* capacitors?! Egads. My work 'puter had only "bulging" capacitors, and that was bad enough, requiring me to get a new computer. I do hope the hard drive data was rescued!

Nice raven pics. Our ravens here are larger, and louder, and harsher-sounhding.

sheoflittlebrain said...

Lovely pix, and since I can't upload photos, I'm going to tell my raven stories, piggybacking on your photos! I'm pretty sure that's OK with you:)
I'm begining to think my problems are all my computer..

Granny J said...

Dotter -- Actually, mine were probably of the bulging variety also, but a consultation with The Google led me to all manner of discussions of the "exploding" capacitors. Apparently it was a major batch & affected PCs & Macs all over the place. I have no idea whether any of the hard drive data cam be rescuee!

brain -- it might be a software problem. Do you have anyone you can pick on to get it fixed? And by all means, piggyback off my ravens...

meggie said...

Goodness me! It sounds as if it is all happening at your place!
Not perhaps in a good way?
Hope your cold is on the improve or wane.
Very good pics of the raven/s.

Granny J said...

meggie -- thanks for the good wishes! I got some good news about the crashed computer -- Apple is picking up the tab!!! Credit my computer guy.

Jan said...

granny j..beautiful pics!

I'm sorry to hear of your computer problems, but glad to hear it's being taken care of!

smilnsigh said...

"exploding capacitors" You mean this for real? Eeek! -sigh-


k said...

Well. Keeping my fingers crossed on your data recovery; congrats on Apple picking up the tab; please, please keep us posted on your lungs; and my goodness gracious! Your photos are so lovely - they always are! - and they're quite find unphotoshopped too.

It looks to me like the beauty is in the eye of the betaker, rather than the technology.

Just in case you were wondering.

k said...

And, don't their eggs get cold? I mean, February?!? Maybe it's just me, but it seems a bit early for that.

Granny J said...

jan -- it looks like some of the problems, at least, are getting close to solution!

SnS -- I got the "exploding" capacitors from reports on the web; I sus[ect that omegamom's description of "bulging" capacitors is more to the point.

k -- I'll keep people posted on my condition -- today (Sunday, the coughing is finally subsiding at bit.) As for the ravens nesting early -- don't know the reason, but that's the cast with the courthouse nest -- which does have a direct, sunny east exposure.

Lucy said...

Great pictures, really striking. I get the impression magpies nest really early here, corvids must be just tough cookies!

Granny J said...

lucy -- not only tough, but clever by half

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