Ravens Roosting

The last two winters have seen a raven roost develop on the wooded Kindrogan Crag above the Centre. Adult ravens tend to stay within their territories over winter, so these will be young birds, and it is believed that communal roosts such as this play an important social role, perhaps even an information exchange/dating agency for the ‘teenagers’.
As the light fails birds fly in to the crag, often in small groups, calling noisily and performing aerobatics. It is always interesting to watch and listen, and every so often we count to check numbers attending the roost.
This afternoon, counting from 1330 to 1630, by which time it was well dark and all had quietened down, I counted 96 ravens coming in to roost. Numbers will increase through winter until the roost disperses in spring; last January I counted 189 ravens.

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