Town Raven

Town Raven
In flight


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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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Saturday, 26 December 2009


Thats more like it! 
There was rain overnight, and it was milder this morning, with wind from the West. We got out about 8 a.m., with both dogs.

Unfortunately, what looked like perfectly normal mud on the playing fields turned out to be ice - so walking was still unsafe. 
We made it to the top of the big field, where I heard a lovely soft squawk on my right.

And there they were - two ravens, sitting on the young ash trees, low down and close to the footpath. I stood still, and they came swooping down. 
It was my bold raven and his companion!

I fed them - which was a bit awkward because Bas thought I was throwing the scraps for him, and, although on the lead, he always tried to get them ... Madame is far more civilised!

But even the huge Bas did not deter my bold raven, who again tried to get as many scraps into his crop as he possibly could.
Then a young pair flew in, from the Horse Chestnut Avenue - and my bold raven took extreme objection.
He and his companion swooped on them, squawking and flapping their wings - it looked as if they were beating the young pair with their wings.
Those two stayed well away from us, didn't dare to come even within fifteen yards to get some scraps - and then flew off. Thus I couldn't tell which one of the two young pairs they were.

Between them, my bold raven pair and Madame and Bas got quite a lot to eat!
I am glad I had brought so much - these two ravens must have been quite hungry. Because of the frozen ground they couldn't get at their food caches since Monday. 

I am also happy because obviously my bold raven knew exactly who I was, and what I was there for. Having big Bas with me did not confuse him, and although he was a bit nervous at the start, having that big dog so close, he soon realised he wasn't going to be chased away and came to within a yard to pick up the scraps, His companion, as always, kept a bit further away.

If one could hug a raven, I'd have hugged my bold one!

Back to 'normal' tomorrow, Bas is going home tonight. The weather should be acceptable - and hopefully the bit of extra sunshine we had for a couple of hours might have got rid of the rest of the ice. 

We'll see!


Anonymous said...

Hello Yma! Too bad it was so icy yesterday (and today) but it was amusing and charming to think that your Bold Raven reconized you and that he and his companion chased off the other pair!
I've a suggestion - when you get a chance, why not post a photo of Madame and of Bas - it would add tremendously to our understand of who Madame is and Bas, too!
I'm also sorry (as is Madame, no doubt) that Bas has to leave tonight! Oh well - no eating a ton of chocolate because you are missing him tonight!!
Oh, and you can never tell - if Madame isn't with you on one of your walks, it may be that the Bold One will walk up to you and take the food from your hand! That would be a
treat, wouldn't it?!
Happy Boxing Day Yma!

yma said...

What a good idea - I'll look out some photos of Madame and Bas and stick them in - perhaps as an extra post.

We were sad when Bas went back home, but we didn't eat any more choccies: there weren't any in the house!

As for the bold raven taking food from my hand - worth a try, but I'd have to sit on the ground, and I will definitely not attempt that before its a bit warmer and drier. While I don't mind the mud so much, I do draw the line at sitting on ice!

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