Halloween 2012: The Baltimore Ravens. No, Really.

So there I was on Halloween afternoon, working alone, with no one here to even notice that I’m wearing my cool skeleton socks (*sniffle), feeling bummed that I didn’t carve a pumpkin or get out my bat chandelier this year.

But then.

You know how when you’re working “in the zone” you’re only peripherally aware of what’s going on around you?  As I wrote, I slowly became aware of odd noises outside my window.  When I looked out, I saw a HUGE flock of ravens.  Baltimore ravens!  And no, I don’t mean:

I mean:


Hundreds of them!  Whatever the Halloween equivalent of Christmas cheer is, I felt it.  I grabbed my camera and ran outside, but they had all flown several blocks away.  I kept working, and about an hour later I heard them again.  I grabbed my 85mm lens and dashed outside.

It was a happy Halloween after all!  I think I’ll print some of these poster-size and hang them up next year.

copyright Jenika's Lens 2012

Happy Halloween everyone!

Heather - October 31, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Those are AWESOME pictures! When I saw that first one the first thought that popped into my head was…I want a huge print of that for Halloween next year!!! (Or fall in general)

Nicole Begley - October 31, 2012 - 6:31 pm

LOVE! Don’t want to burst your bubble since it goes with your theme, but they are crows. Ravens are much further north. If you saw them all outside your window today you’ll probably see them alot throughout the winter! They gather in their large “murders” (the crow term for group) throughout the winter every night to roost. When I used to work at the Aviary here in Pittsburgh we were right over a flight path that they used to head over to their roost in the East End. It was incredible. You could stand there for 20 minutes and see literally 1000’s of crows fly over your head in a line headed to their buddies. I’m a self proclaimed bird nerd and corvids (crows, ravens, jays) are my favorite. Ok…they are tied with vultures. Enjoy your Halloween murder! (That sounds terrible!)

Jenika - October 31, 2012 - 6:56 pm

haha, I figured I’d get the species wrong, but it was more of the football joke. That being said, if ravens are further north, why do we have the Baltimore Ravens? Crazy.

Nikola - October 31, 2012 - 11:36 pm

Perfect. Just perfect.

DAVID BAGNARD AND LOIS HEFFERNAN - November 1, 2012 - 11:32 am

Hi Jenika:

The first photograph is a masterpiece. As you know, we live in Crow Hollow and dearly love the Crow, Raven and Magpie family.

Much love,


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