Did you know that Ravens not only remember people who help them, but also that they tell their friends about the kindness? In field studies, researchers have observed that whenever a human assists a raven or crow in trouble, the entire community of these corvids, not just the bird that was helped, becomes generally friendlier toward and more trusting of the human benefactor. Smart birds indeed!
In Native American lore, the raven is often celebrated as the light-bringer; the one who gifted humanity with understanding and discernment. The raven holds understanding in balance. The black raven reminds us that wisdom can be found not only in the light, but also in the dark, shadowy void that our over-culture so fears and runs from. ShamanTube
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). One of the most instantly recognisable of all British birds. Swans prefer shallow, slow flowing water where they feed on water plants, insects and snails. Until recently populations were in decline but since the ban on lead fishing weights numbers have started to recover.