Raven at Humber Bay: Oct. 17, 2022

Despite its evil reputation in folklore, I am always very happy to see a raven. So was Charles Dickens who kept one as a pet and featured it in his novel Barnaby Rudge.

Ravens are one of the most prevalent species in the north but rather rare in our area although numbers are increasing.

We saw one this morning at Humber Bay.

Common Raven
Common Raven
Common Raven

Other birds:

Hooded Mergansers
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Hooded Merganser
White-throated Sparrow
Mallard (male)
Gadwall (male)
Double-crested Cormorants
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron with Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron
Herring Gull
Mute Swan
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck (male) with Mallard
Green-winged Teals
Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull with Ring-billed Gull
Hooded Mergansers
Herring Gull

Humber Bay scenes:

Some botany:

Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Maitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)

Today’s group:


Thought you’d be interested in this video on the new Portlands development Miles. Maybe we’ll be birding there one day, 


The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky.                                – William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Raven at Humber Bay: Oct. 17, 2022

  1. Karen Eckert

    Thanks so much for the pictures and quiz. I’m glad to be on the list because I can review and study everything in much more detail. The way the Blue Heron is hunched over with the cormorants reminds me of an old Dickensian lawyer. Have some great walks! Karen


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