I had a Halloween encounter today.

With a raven.

Photo. Julian Robinson.

A pair of these huge beauties have been hanging around my neighborhood all summer.

I thought they were crows.

Until today.

Crows have a different shaped tail, and travel in larger groups.

Getting ready for the time change this weekend, I’ve moved the morning dog walk back to about 10 a.m.

It is really quiet here at that hour. No morning commuters or school buses, too early for the lunch break at the local convenience store.


This guy caught our attention with a deep- throated whistle as he perched on a fence post. We stopped, exchanged a glance, moved on.

As we rounded the block, he showed up again, this time on a front lawn, making a very different guttural sound, seemingly aimed at us.

Just then, a black hearse came up the street. No real surprise, since there is a funeral director who lives nearby.

And then, a pickup truck, towing a black sedan. The raven flew over, flapping his huge wings, joining his partner on a nearby rooftop.

Curious and curiouser.

Happy Halloween.


Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!

Leave my loneliness unbroken!

quit the bust above my door!

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Edgar Allen Poe. 1845

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80 Responses to Nevermore

  1. Oooooh, that is quite unsettling! Aren’t ravens supposed to be the harbingers of death?

  2. Kinda creepy & cool at the same time. I think animals operate on a whole different frequency than we humans do…yet we consider ourselves the ‘higher’ species?

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    I do love ravens 🙂

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Creepy. Perfectly thematic for today. Plus Lewis Carroll & Edgar Allen Poe in one post? Too cool for school.

  5. The V Pub says:

    What says Halloween better than a quote from Poe? Do ravens make the same sound as crows?

  6. …goosebumps! Seriously!

  7. Bernadette says:

    Ravens, undertakers, and hearts, Oh My….

  8. These are indeed spooky goings-on’! Van, all I can say is if Vincent Price turns up around the next corner—surrender your candy. Happy Halloween. 😀

  9. We have many large black birds, wonder if they are ravens!

  10. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, wow! Not a very comfortable feeling. Reminded me of “The Birds”.

  11. I think that’s so cool, Van, and perfect for the season. Ravens are very intelligent birds!

  12. joey says:

    That’s definitely a Halloween encounter to remember! Neat share 🙂

  13. George says:

    Serendipity…:) Somewhere. Poe is smiling…:)

  14. dgkaye says:

    Creepy and cool. Great post, a raven, perfect for the season. And often a black crow at your door portends death. In this case – Halloween. 🙂 x

  15. Wonder what they are thinking when they stare at us?

  16. I believe the encounter was quite timely for the ‘holiday’. And fortunately you put it to good use with this post!!!

  17. AmyRose🌹 says:

    According to Medicine cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson Raven means Magic. There’s a poem in this book that says… Raven black as pitch mystical as the moon, speak to me of magic, I will fly with you soon. So no it is not a harbringer of death. You have magic coming your way, Van! How exciting! Way cool! Happy Halloween to you! 💕🎃💕

  18. AmyRose🌹 says:

    You are more than welcome.

  19. Goodness that was a unique experience. Unfortunately I could not tell the difference between a crow and a raven. 🌼

  20. My goodness, I hope Alfred Hitchcock’s birds have not come to your neighbourhood, Van. It reminded me so much of his movie ‘The Birds.’
    Ravens also guard The Tower Of London. It’s said that if ever they all leave, then London shall fall.

  21. Check out this Native American legend of the raven Van- Your post reminded me of it. I heard it on the show “Northern Exposure” years ago and never forgot it. Happy Halloween!

  22. Maybe it was just a Halloween costume. It was probably just a robin redbreast! 😀

  23. Love to have Ravens visit, they only come rarely, and I take note when they do.. Something is about to be transformed as you shed the old, to make way for the new..
    We had three collared Doves on the bird table yesterday, until the pigeon blustered in on them.. I am always watching birds..
    I hope you had a lovely Halloween Van
    Have a beautiful weekend.. xxx ❤

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  25. It’s the great thing bout dog walking. You just don’t know what you might see and Ravens are great…

  26. Ravensare says:

    Oh, lucky you! I think that ravens are amazing; they are incredibly clever and mischievous. You can leave them food if you want them to stick around, they learn very quickly! I did that with some crows at work and they come visit me every day now. 😀

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