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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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

March 10th

Well - I still didn't manage to leave the house earlier than 6.50 a.m.! Too much to do ...
The songbirds did sing again before dawn, the sunrise was partially hidden behind clouds - but it felt much milder than on the previous days.

As I entered Llandaff Fields, the first raven calls came from the direction of Pontcanna Fields. Then, getting to the middle of the big field, I saw two ravens sitting in different trees near the toddlers' playground, watching. Then, I noticed on raven in one of the horse chestnuts along that avenue. And then there were two ravens in two treetops at the spinney.

As I got to the top of the big field, the two ravens from the spinney flew down to meet me: the bold pair! They did not caw, but one displayed the begging posture again. 
As I started feeding them, the young pair came down from the trees where I'd noticed them before, at the toddlers' playground. They kept their distance, as always - the bold pair, as always, came walking up to me, to within four or five feet.
Then, the quarry pair arrived, the last pair to arrive today.
The feeding was not disturbed by seagulls or crows. 

The black headed seagulls won't be here much longer, I think - their heads now show the characteristic black feathers, which means they are breeding adults, ready to breed. 
For that, they disperse into the wild countryside and vanish from the parkland.

Well - then Bas turned up, trying to chase the ravens. The young and quarry pair took off immediately, the bold pair again just hopped aside for a few feet when he came bouncing up. 
So they got a few more scraps, then Karen and I walked back down the big field, Bas having another jolly good time chasing the flocks of seagulls.

Will I manage to get out earlier tomorrow? I shall certainly try ...


Anonymous said...

Hey there {Yma} - it's realwest!
You got out the door at 6:50AM today and hope to get out earlier tomorrow?! I hope you're getting enough sleep!
And now you're gonna try to get out EARLIER tomorrow?! Well then please get to sleep by 10PM at the latest! LOL!
I must say that you do seem in better spirits than you were a few days ago. In any event both the Ravens and I look forward SO MUCH to your strolls and feeding of the Ravens!
Thanks for another great post!

yma said...

Hiya, realwest!

Thank you for your kind words.

I am certainly not late to bed, that's for sure!
As you know, we're going to turn the clocks forward on March 28th, for the Summer Time. So this early-morning thingie is a sort of adaptation to that time.

I've found that during the summer I tend to wake up earlier and earlier anyway, in time with the dawn chorus and the sunrise. So its really not a hardship to get started already. I just wish I had a dog to share the early morning outings with me.

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