posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 10:45 AM
When you judged the body size of the bird against your windshield, was it so close that it almost hit the windshield?
One small thing to keep in mind is that birds always try to take off into the wind . . .which is the reason they will fly into the path of a car
traveling at a hard to judge high speed as they do during highway travel.
That could be part of the reason the bird was having a hard time lifting off.
It was trying to avoid your car and perhaps could not make use of a headwind - assuming there was one.
Both the California Condor and South American Condor came to mind while I was reading your experience.
Oklahoma is quite a ways from the California Condors habitat, but I would not be surprised to find there was one there.
As noted, ravens are quite large and for some reason I feel that's what you saw.
Raven is also a sacred bird to the Inuit is it not?
If I remember right, it's usually on totem poles.
I wonder too if your tribe is related to the Inuits and the Raven legend came along with your tribe if and when you separated.
One of my past experiences with ravens was in the California desert.
We used to hunt jackrabbits in and around a farmers large alfalfa fields.
An almost impossible task to control their numbers, but the farmer was happy to have us try.
There were high voltage tower lines in the area.
Many times when we got out of the pickup, we'd see ravens sitting in the tower watching us.
If we got out with say, binoculars to look the area over, they didn't get excited.
If we exited the pickup with rifle in hand, as soon as they saw it, they flew away.
I've had others tell me similar stories and they noted that if they got out of the truck and pulled a shovel out of the back, the ravens stayed.
If they lifted a shotgun or rifle out of the truck, the ravens flew away.
The thinking was that they could recognize a weapon over a farm tool or stick.
Perhaps so, I always thought they could tune in to the vibes of the moment and determine if they were in danger.
Pretty much the same happens here in the Arizona desert.
We pull rock hounding tools, shovels etc. out of the Jeep and the ravens don't seem to worry about us.
We do carry side-arms in holsters for snake protection, have seen a few, but since they weren't creating a problem we left them alone.
I think next time we're out and see ravens, I'm going to draw the revolver and see what happens.
I don't plan to point it at the ravens, but I'm betting they'll recognize the revolver for what it is and fly away....
[edit on 8-6-2008 by Desert Dawg]