© KM Photography 2015
Blu is having one of those days today. She doesn’t know what she wants.
My mornings usually start around 6:00am with calls from Blu at my bedroom window. The first few sounds are loud “ark ark” calls, which I’m sure she does to wake me. If I don’t respond straight away, the calls become louder with what I call an annoyed sound, “rrrrrrrrrr”. Blu repeats these sounds until I get out of bed and give them breakfast. For most of the day Blu and Diddi are not around. They’re busy flying around and doing what ravens do. However, there are days, like today, she has no idea what she wants, often spending the day here in my yard calling out to me at my bedroom window, while Diddi sits in the tree tops above. Once again, I go outside to provide her with food, but it’s not food she is interested in, she wants attention.
When Blu is in these moods, I usually sit at my garden setting in the shade and spend some time with her. Blu will peck at my shoes, sit on the back of my chair and tug at my hair or play with small objects she may find in my garden. When I speak to Blu I can tell she’s content, she will often make this gentle “hmm hmm” sound as if she is listening or agreeing with what I’m saying. I have never heard Diddi make this sound he has a unique sound of his own, almost like a tune. When Blu has had enough she will fly off with Diddi to a tree in the distance sometimes returning an hour later to do it all again.
Little Ravens make a variety of calls and sounds and this is how I interpret them. The Loud “ark ark” calls while flapping their wings I find usually means there is an intruder in the area, an uninvited raven, or distressed with something that may be going on in the area, such as workmen making a lot of noise. Other times they’ll make the same loud sound without flapping their wings but it is usually when there is some distance between the pair and they’re calling out to each other. Then there are calls which I often hear when they have young ones. It’s a very short, rapid “ark ark ark ark” which I find they use when they are calling the young ones to come to them or a call meaning, “where are you?” The couple will also utilize this sound with each other. The long drawn out “rrrrrrrr” sound they seem to use when they’re annoyed or can be interpreted as aggressive. The very brief “hmmm hmm” sound Blu will make, tilting her head to one side is usually when she is content. Another sound Blu will make is a very long drawn out “aaaaaaaaaah hmmmm” sound ending in a higher pitch which she will use if she feels she is not getting the attention she wants. The “What” sound I believe Blu does when she’s being cheeky. I will be inside and she will call and I will say “What?” with her replying with the same sound. However, they are not always vocal, there are times when they are happy and don’t make any sounds or calls at all.
This is just a few of the various sounds they make but even listening to the pair you can tell them apart. Just as we can recognise a voice of a particular person. It is difficult to describe the sounds they make in writing but I will attempt to make a sound file or video to post in the future.
Blu and Diddi are gone for the day doing their own thing, until they return once again just before sunset.
© KM Photography 2015