Town Raven

Town Raven
In flight


This is a diary, or rather, field notes written up each day, with the latest entry at the top.

To get the full story, start at the bottom entry in the archive, and read upwards.
Then read the current diary entries from the bottom up as well.

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Location Map

Location Map
This shows where we walk and meet the ravens
The yellow and pink squiggly lines are two walks we take. The yellow one is the one we usually do. The squigglyness indicates how Madame visits her several important sniffing check-points!
We stop several times to feed the ravens, and you can see where they come from.

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Monday, 16 November 2009

The next day

On the next day I brought the meat scraps again. 
I was not at all certain the ravens would appear again this time, because there was one person doing some physical exercises with a stick, and some idiot had put up a tent under the trees at the back wall.

Still - I threw that meat into the fenced-off area and turned away to walk off. I had taken only a few steps and turned round to call for Madame Jodi - when the raven came swooping down, right onto that plot. He started to pick up one piece of meat, and then walked a few steps to make a hole in the ground to put it in. He did that with all the pieces of meat (three altogether) and then went back to the first one to start eating it.
Meanwhile his companion was rooting around on the ground a bit further afield.


I was thrilled to bits!

More, it was incredibly wonderful, applying some bits of raven behaviour described by Bernd Heinrich in Vermont - and seeing that it worked here in Wales.

The best part, so far, for me, was having this amazing bird sitting there, about a couple of yards away, looking at me, not being scared, and then making these soft, gentle, croaking noises ... and to top it all, he looked just like one of the drawings in Heinrich's book!

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