It is probably not a good idea to attribute human emotions to birds (“anthropomorphism”).
However, all of us who saw the tender motions of these two ravens this morning are tempted to do it.
They spent a considerable amount of time together:
Flying closely together is common among “courting” birds:
Some time was spent apart:
and there was some coming and going:
A nearby Sharp-shinned Hawk (these are about Blue Jay size) was showing interest in the raven couple:
Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, red-breasted merganser, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, turkey vulture, ring-billed gull, herring gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, common raven, black-capped chickadee, European starling, American robin, Swainson’s thrush, golden-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (22 species)
The hollow winds begin to blow,
The clouds look black, the glass is low;
The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,
And spiders from their cobwebs peep. – Dr. Edward Jenner (1749–1823)