Good 53º clear sunny morning.
Yesterday we started off clear and sunny and stayed that way. We topped at 98º. Predicted hotter today. :o(
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Interesting about Ravens.......
Ravens are the largest perching bird in Europe, that now only occupy the rural parts of their former range here. They prefer the upland moorlands and coastal cliffs of Europe, northern Africa, Asia and North America. Although they have a wide and varied diet, it's carrion on which they most rely. These giants of the crow family are known to be super intelligent, but they are also playful, performing mid-air acrobatics and playing games that involve passing stones to one another.
Ravens pair off for life and defend their territory from other ravens, but if you see lots of ravens together this is known as an ‘unkindness’.
Common ravens have coexisted with humans for thousands of years and in some areas have been so numerous that people have regarded them as pests. Part of their success as a species is due to their omnivorous diet: they are extremely versatile and opportunistic in finding sources of nutrition, feeding on carrion, insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, small animals, nesting birds, and food waste.
The common raven evolved in the Old World and crossed the Bering land bridge into North America. Recent genetic studies, which examined the DNA of common ravens from across the world, have determined that the birds fall into at least two clades (a group of biological species that includes all descendants of one common ancestor) a California clade, found only in the southwestern United States, and a Holarctic clade, found across the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Birds from both clades look alike, but the groups are genetically distinct and began to diverge about two million years ago.
A mature common raven ranges between 21" and 26" long, with a wingspan of 45–51". Recorded weights range from 1.5 to 4.4 lb, thus making the common raven one of the heaviest passerines (of or relating to the largest order ..Passeriformes.. of birds which includes over half of all living birds and consists chiefly of altricial songbirds of perching habits). Birds from colder regions such as the Himalayas and Greenland are generally larger with slightly larger bills, while those from warmer regions are smaller with proportionally smaller bills. Representative of the size variation in the species, ravens from California weighed an average of 1.728 lb, those from Alaska weighed an average of 2.502 lb and those from Nova Scotia weighed an average of 2.71 lb.
Common ravens usually travel in mated pairs, although young birds may form flocks. Relationships between common ravens are often quarrelsome, yet they demonstrate considerable devotion to their families.
Common ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals. The wolves open the carcass, leaving the scraps more accessible to the birds. They watch where other common ravens bury their food and remember the locations of each other's food caches, so they can steal from them. This type of theft occurs so regularly that common ravens will fly extra distances from a food source to find better hiding places for food. They have also been observed pretending to make a cache without actually depositing the food, presumably to confuse onlookers.
Common ravens are known to steal and cache shiny objects such as pebbles, pieces of metal, and golf balls. One theory is that they hoard shiny objects to impress other ravens. Other research indicates that juveniles are deeply curious about all new things, and that common ravens retain an attraction to bright, round objects based on their similarity to bird eggs. Mature birds lose their intense interest in the unusual, and become highly neophobic (a tendency to dislike anything new; fear of novelty) .
From Mr. Food
Our Farmer's Dressing is a creamy, easy-to-make homemade recipe that is sure to take your salad to the next level. Filled with delicious cucumbers and a simple spice blend, our Farmer's Dressing will be a delight to drizzle over your salad, whether it's at the potluck or around the dinner table.
- 1 cucumber, cut into small chunks
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
***No cucumbers? No problem! Just substitute a medium zucchini...the results are just as good.
Historically this date.....
1918 – World War I, Western Front: Battle for Belleau Wood – Allied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.
1934 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
1975 – Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
2012 – The Waldo Canyon Fire descends into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs burning 347 homes in a matter of hours and killing two people.
And births this date include.....
1898 – Chesty Puller, American military officer (d. 1971)USMC!!!! Most decorated Marine ever!
1922 – Eleanor Parker, American actress (d. 2013)
1970 – Chris O'Donnell, American actor
1974 – Derek Jeter, American baseball player
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo