when do they lay their eggs?
Probably crows, ravens are quite rare.
They will have chicks in the nest now, probably.
Until the chicks fledge, you'll see the parents going back and forth, and you'll probably see lots of white streaks on the ground. The chicks crap little globs, and the parents take them out of the nest and drop them on the ground as they fly off (so that the nest doesn't fill up with chick poo).
Can you get a view of the nest from a neighbour's house?
Hmm...best idea might be to ask the RSPB or good old fashioned Google. We have a nest at work and we've been told we can't touch it during certain months as its protected. Your local council might also be able to shed some light on it too...
apropos the crow/raven theme - is it ravens that make good pets? Or jackdaws? I remember mum telling me her "aunt" had a bird as a pet....I think it was a jack daw...think I'd still prefer a cat.
You must have large eaves - ravens are about 64cm long. (Even crows are nearly half a metre long) Another difference is the call - crows are arough edged tenor/baritone. Ravens are definitely baritone/bass, with a distinct "cronk" call.
To answer your original question, ravens nest early and their young should be thinking about flying soon. As to their rarity, it depends where you live - there are plenty around here.
How many birds are there? There is a saying - if you see three crows, they are rooks. If you see one rook, its a crow!
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