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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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Jan 12th

Another very cold and damp day, clouds thickly covering the whole sky. No sun to be seen. And to make it really comfortable (not!!!), the harsh wind from the East picked up while we were out.

We left the house at 7.45 a.m., on the stroke of the bell. Again, the first raven calls came as soon as we entered the first field.
We kept hearing raven calls in the distance, coming from Pontcanna Fields while walking further on. I believe they do find food there.

Not one raven appeared as we came to the top of the big field! 
Then one flew in, and sat on one of the trees at the entrance to the ravens field. He was very skittish, and only came down when we'd got quite some little way into this field. 
Then a second raven appeared, from the quarry side. Their general behaviour made me think that these were the second young pair, who come to the big field after my (first) young pair have picked up some food and made some calls.

Their behaviour showed that they were indeed not my other young pair. 
For example, they did not anticipate us going to the enclosure. They finally flew to sit on the fence posts, but were not sure what to expect. They did not wait for me to throw scraps into the enclosure., but flew from one side to the other, to sit on those fence posts.

They did get a bit more confident and followed us when we turned to walk back, along the 'more-food' way, getting more food while still on the ground in the ravens field.

They made no calls - and they did not follow us into the big field, something which both my young pair and of course the bold raven and his companion know very well by now.

I noticed that there were raven tracks in the enclosure, in the iced-over snow. It looked to me as if the young pair, who has made food-hiding holes inside the enclosure, went there to retrieve what they had hid.

All the time we were in the ravens field we could hear raven calls coming from way over Pontcanna fields. No other raven turned up.

With the wind picking up all the time, we were glad to get home - well, I was, not having a furry outside!
No snow so far, today - it may come overnight, if its not rain, which then ices over. 

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