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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Monday, 4 January 2010

Jan 4th

It was another perishingly cold morning - a clear sky, with the dawn colouring the Eastern sky a deep pink, and the moon still high and clear in the sky to the West.

We left the house around 7.40 a.m. The raven calls we had heard earlier had been rather faint, coming from far away.
As it was the first working day after Christmas, there were more dog walkers around at this time of morning. So I was not surprised when we heard no raven calls, nor saw any ravens as we got into Llandaff Fields.

One waste basket at the entrance to the first field had its contents taken out and strewn all over the ground: yesterday, in the sunshine, lots of people had been in the park and left their rubbish behind. The ravens must have investigated this, I thought.

There were no ravens until we came to the ravens field. Then, the young pair came down to the ground, but they were distracted by the other dogs, not just Madame. 
I managed to give them some scraps - but then Bas turned up, and that was the end of that! They flew back up into the trees they had come from, and we all walked back home. 
I was glad of that, it was too cold to be happy - and when we got to the car park, there were two ravens turning over all the rubbish on the ground, looking and finding food. 
That confirmed what I have always suspected: the ravens have many sources of food here in the area, and most certainly know how to find them and get at them.

Unfortunately, this brief raven encounter did not provide me with more data for my little report - so we've got to wait a bit longer for that.

More cold and ice predicted for tomorrow ...

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