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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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

March 9th:

It was much milder today, simply because there was no wind to speak of. The sunrise was again soft and pastel-coloured. Robins and blackbirds had started singing well before dawn, and before I left the house at 6.50 a.m., the great tits had taken over. No raven calls, though.

Again, no calls and no ravens as I got into Llandaff Fields, but the quarry pair started calling as soon as I was half-way up to the top of the big field. They then came flying in, sitting on top of the rugby goal posts, watching, from where they overtook me to fly to sit on the fence posts of the enclosure in the big field.
So they do know me - but why are they still so skittish when I feed them? They always wait to pick up the scraps until I have turned my back to them.

The next pair to come in, from the ravens field, was the bold pair - and then there were calls coming from the toddlers' playground, and the young pair flew in.
Everything went on as usual now - but with no seagulls flying overhead, nor with crows trying to butt in.
This tells me that an early start is important: it is indeed the quality of daylight which determines what the ravens do, and what the other birds do.

While there was still a lot to do in the house this morning, making me late, and while there is still more to finish off today, I hope I can indeed manage an earlier start tomorrow. 
Fingers crossed ...

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