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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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

April 13th

The morning was dry and sunny, but definitely more chilly than the last few mornings.
We left the house at 7.20 a.m., sorry, I had to watch an interview with a politician, seeing that we're having our General elections on May 6th.

We walked again along the long way, no ravens but some crows.
Coming into the ravens field - no ravens, but some calls coming from beyond the wall to the allotments.
We walked round the top enclosure, me throwing scraps while we rounded the enclosure. One single raven turned up as we had turned towards the spinney, and picked up the scraps in the corner furthest away from us. He flew off, over the wall and the allotments, but did not come back. 
Nor were any ravens, like the quarry pair, coming into the big field when we walked back.

It looks as if we will definitely have to get out much earlier, because the workmen start coming with their vehicles around 7.45 a.m., thus certainly disturbing the routine. 

I am also convinced that the ravens' eggs have hatched - a friend reported seeing raven hatchlings in Cornwall earlier this month, being fed by the adults.

I can only guess at where my ravens have their nest - but it looks to me that the adults, not the ones I've been feeding (they have not reached sexual maturity yet), have a nest in one of the very tall sycamores standing in the grounds of the riding stables.

Early nights for Miss Sophie and me, then, from now on ...


Anonymous said...

Hi {Yma} -This is realwest. I think the problem may be that the Ravens have indeed started nesting, but you've changed your routine a lot - you used to get out of your home 45 minutes or more EARLIER than you've been doing - maybe the Ravens just don't see you around the "alloted time" and go elswhere for food?!?

yma said...

Hiya, realwest!

Actually, we're out earlier, because the clocks went forward one hour on the last Sunday in March.
'BST' is British summer Time, which is one hour ahead of the usual GMT.

So in fact we are much earlier - however, as the ravens don't use watches, to my certain knowledge!, and as their behaviour is regulated by the length of daylight, which is increasing day by day after the Vernal Equinox on March 21st, I think our time ought not to matter.

But they may find more food elsewhere, especially as so many people have been out late, having picnics and drinks in the parks, and of course leaving their waste behind.

They may also keep closer to the nest, to help with the feeding and to keep predators away.

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