I'm not sure just how much stock can be put in this website, but it seemed a good, reasonable answer. I like the response "they both have inky quills" best.
"Raven" by John James Audubon. Have you
seen his illustrations? Gorgeous. Definitely encouraging
my creeping birder tendency. Found HERE.
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I'm thinking about ravens. Or rather, of one raven in particular.
A few years ago I went camping somewhere north of Montreal with my love and we met a raven. I know I'd seen them before (I am from British Columbia after all, where they grow on trees) (ha) and had certainly heard them before, on walks in the woods, but this was a very up-close encounter.
Did you know that ravens are the size of turkeys? I wonder if the raven has swollen in my rememberings. Maybe it was the size of a very large chicken? No, I'm sure it was bigger than that.
He was so brazen, so cheeky. He almost seemed able to grin. Or wink. Or both.
(I only assume it was a he... could just as easily have been a she)
I remember being struck, not just by his size, but also by his shape. I sort of had in mind the image of ravens as big crows. But they aren't at all. Crows are much sleeker birds. Ravens have heft, and also shaggy throat feathers. They both have crafty, intelligent eyes.