Ravens have returned to NYC. Once imortalized in Edgar Allen Poe’s poem about lost love ‘The Raven’, it is a bird that has at times been associated with death and the supernatural. While they were around in Poe’s time in New York, they vanished as their native habitat disappeared. Their re-appearance owes a lot to forest re-generation and a number of raven families have been seen nesting in NYC. Like the red tailed hawks, American kestrals and peregrine falcons that can now also be seen about the place in their nesting season, they have returned to a City that was once their regular habitat, though now of course much changed from when they first lived here.
See the delightful video of a raven raised by hand since he was a fledgling. Whatever you think of wild birds being turned into pets, it’s a wonderful opportunity to see this great bird up close and personal and it’s gentleness and intelligence is way at odds with the way it has been portrayed in fiction.