Last week-end our family enjoyed observing large flocks of ravens from the cabin point. They were flying far below us, soaring over tree-tops and ridges. Graceful swoops and strong wings kept us quite entertained as they called to one another and seemed to be having a very social time together. Did you know that ravens have the largest brain of any bird species? Their cognitive processes include an ability to problem-solve as well as imitate and have insight into situations. They have been known to get other creatures to do their work for them, calling to wolves and coyotes to tear apart carcases so that they don't have to do so much work to get their food. Usually ravens are seen in pairs, as they travel with their mate. The flocks that gather are usually young ravens that travel together and form a sort of social bond. They can be very quarrelsome birds, but exhibit strong devotion to their family unit. An interesting bird, much time can be spent observing and enjoying their interaction together.