Town Raven

Town Raven
In flight

ITS A DIARY !

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

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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.

If you right-click on the image and open it in a new tab, you can then zoom in to see more details.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Nov 17th


Lots of rain overnight again - but dry this morning, and not too cold. Some clouds, sun coming out.

I'd heard some raven calls when we left the house, but there was not a one in sight in the park. 

Two turned up when I went to deposit Madame's little 'gift to nature'. The bin for that is at the top end of the big field. So these two ravens came and sat on the lower branches of the big trees lining the footpath. They came down and followed us as we crossed into the ravens field. Again one was less timid than the other - but I could see clearly now that these were not 'my' ravens: they were the timid pair I fed earlier this month. 
I think they are younger than my ravens, for no particular reason, that was just my impression.

We followed our usual routine, walking round the enclosure, and the ravens' behaviour showed clearly that they were not 'mine'. Very diffident, quite timid, not daring to get closer than two feet even behind the fence. 
Also, both flew off in between, not just to make holes for the food quite a distance away, but also up into the trees. My ravens don't do that any more.

We went round the 'still-food'-way into the big field. They did follow after a short time, got some more, and then scarpered as some labradoodles arrived. I also noticed that on the other side of the field a flock of black-headed gulls had started to appear. again, this is something which doesn't happen when my ravens are around.

I wonder if this pair shows up when we're out quite early.
We'll find out tomorrow - we shall leave the house a bit later!

4 comments:

VioletTiger said...

Hi Yma! Long time no 'see'. Hope you are feeling better.

Spenser (with an S) said...

Hi Yma! It's Spenser. I have to chase you down here since you won't come to Correspondence Committee. Seriously, we have been asking after you and Madame frequently and have been keeping up on your eye health issues. I pray that you are feelig better every day. I watched the England vs. Australia Rugby match on Saturday and thought of you, too. Take care and visit when you can, OK?

PaladinPhil said...

Hi yma. Thanks for posting this link to your blog. Love your experiments with the ravens. I also like your pictures, can't wait for more of them.

AtillaTheHoney said...

Well howdy! You are SO lucky to have Ravens. I've seen exactly ONE in my entire life. Our crows are gone due to West Nile and development, so this is really a treat!

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