Fog on the hills. Spring-like, more like Feb: than Decr. Ravens in their common mode of flying have a peculiarity attending them not unworthy of notice; they turn-over in the air quite on their backs, & that not now & then, bur frequently; often every two or 300 yards. When this odd attitude betides them they fall down several fathoms, uttering a loud crow, & then right themselves again. This strange vacillation seems to be owing to their scratching when bitten by vermin– the thrusting-0ut of their leg destroys their equipoise, & throws their wings out of the true center of gravity. Ravens spend their leisure-time over some hanging wood in a sort of mock fight, dashing & diving at each other continually while their loud croakings make the woody steeps re-echo again.
Posted by sydney on Dec 8th, 1775