Mar
20
2012

Raven stripping fur off a coyote

Still image from a video of a Common Raven stripping fur off of a coyote.
Still image from a video of a Common Raven stripping fur off of a coyote.Courtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
A motion activated camera captured remarkable still images in Northern Washington County, Minnesota this week. The camera was set up on a dead coyote in hopes of discovering what scavengers would come eat. Raccoons and crows were not unexpected but it was exciting when Common Ravens showed up on the photos.

Northern Washington County is right on the edge of the breeding range of Ravens and simply seeing them during breeding season is an exciting sign they may be breeding. The photos went even further than simply showing the ravens were present however. What the series of photos which were complied into a video clearly show is a raven stripping the fur from the coyote and then carrying it away. Ravens are known to line their nests with animal fur so this is a clear indication these birds are nesting.

View the entire video here.

Information like this helps scientists build range maps of where birds breed. Many states are building breeding bird atlases with the help of citizen scientists who study bird behavior. Currently Minnesota, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia have active atlas efforts. Find out more and learn how to take part at http://bird.atlasing.org/

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Shadowstar's picture
Shadowstar says:

COOL!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 3:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ouch

posted on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:07pm
hangwan000's picture
hangwan000 says:

oh no

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 10:50am
Raptor5575's picture
Raptor5575 says:

uh... cool wierd and gross........okay I like birds so cool...ish

posted on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:51pm
Raptor5575's picture
Raptor5575 says:

ok all those pics were cool exept the crow and coyote thing that was gross/wierd/coolish

posted on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 2:50pm

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