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.

To get the full story, start at the bottom entry in the archive, and read upwards.
Then read the current diary entries from the bottom up as well.

Once you've got the full story, just visit and read the new story for the day!


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.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Jan 6th

It started snowing in the night, and has been snowing intermittently all morning. There are about 4 inches of snow here in my vicinity.

We did go out, disregarding my raging cold, and were leaving the house at 7.25 a.m. while the snow was still falling.
It was dark, and we had not heard any raven calls. I did not expect to see any raven, but I wanted to leave some scraps for them, in case they came later.

I did not want to wait until the snow stopped, or until it got light, because by then the snow on the pavements and roads will be packed down by people and cars - and will become icy and treacherous to walk on.

And my final reason was to give Madame a treat - she so loves the snow!

We got to the ravens field - meeting only one dog walker. No raven calls - but when I got to the enclosure, two ravens came. it must have been the young pair - I hope they found the scraps in the snow. They kept well away and flew back into the trees as soon as we turned back to the big field. At first, not one raven came, then one made it to the ground there.

However, as I turned back to walk towards him, he flew off before I could give him some scraps: too many happy dogs suddenly rushed towards us!

Madame and all the other dogs really were so happy!
All of them, no matter the breed, size or age, kept eating the fresh snow - they had a wonderful time! They thoroughly enjoyed themselves while we humans stood around shivering, snow being blown into our faces.

It will stay like this for the foreseeable future - so it is quite possible we won't make it out tomorrow if conditions worsen. Thus I am so glad Madame had such a good time this morning.

As for the ravens - I so wish they would come into my little back garden.

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