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.

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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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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Jan 13th

The snow started to fall yesterday evening. It is sticking everywhere, and while it's not a blizzard, it does keep on coming. Everything looks very pretty, but I won't take photos - it reminds me too much of the snow we had three years ago when Big Dog was still alive, and when I took so many pictures of him and Madame.

We left the house around 7.50 a.m. It was still dark, the sky covered in thick grey clouds which were shedding their snowflakes, slowly but persistently. 
Madame enjoyed it very much - her ecstatic rolls in the snow are a picture to behold. Unfortunately she, like all other dogs we met this morning, loves to eat the snow as well, with a predictable unfortunate 'out'-come!

It was still cold, below freezing, but there was none of the wind which had been predicted.

We did hear raven calls coming from Pontcanna Fields, quite a bit away, both before we left and when we were in Llandaff Fields. 
No calls in Llandaff Fields - and no ravens until we got to the ravens field. There, two ravens waited in the trees at the spinney, but did not come down to greet us.

They only came to the ground when Madame had strolled off and I had thrown a few scraps. They could have been the quarry pair. They were very skittish indeed, ready to jump and flap off every time Madame looked at them, as well as every time I moved to throw another scrap. They did not follow us back into the big field either.

Further along the footpath on our way home, another couple of ravens appeared, sitting in the trees at the toddlers' playground, just next to the top of the first field. I did throw them some scraps as well. They waited to pick them up until we'd gone into the first field.

I don't know what to make of this. It seems that my usual ravens have found a great source of food somewhere else, and these 'new' ones are not sure what is going on, but will take the food anyway. It may well be that the deep snow keeps my usual ravens away, especially if they find easier food somewhere else.

We'll see who turns up tomorrow, when the forecast is for slightly warmer temperatures, perhaps some rain, perhaps some thawing.

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