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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Thursday, 8 April 2010

April 8th

Another beautiful morning, with sunshine, clear blue sky, and no wind. There was no frost on the grass, and it didn't feel as cold as the weather people had predicted yesterday.
We left the house at 7.30 a.m. BST - no raven calls until we got to the ravens field, walking the long way along the quarry side and through the small arboretum. The sunlight catching on the trees just starting to flower was so beautiful, here is a photo I took on our walk today:

In the ravens field, we met Ollie and Trixie, two small dogs I've known for some time. Miss Sophie is now starting to feel a bit more secure, and less tense - so she engaged in the communal greetings, and her tail wagged!

We then walked round the enclosure, me throwing scraps. We heard raven calls coming from two opposing directions, the allotments and the tennis courts. We didn't see any ravens in the still mostly bare treetops. They did appear as we were three-quarters round the enclosure - it was the young pair, skittish as ever.
They also seem to dislike having their photos taken! Every time I tried to take a photo of them, even from quite a distance, they flew off, both of them.
Here is one I just about managed to take:

We then walked back home along the more-food way, but the ravens did not follow. We also have not seen the quarry pair for quite a number of days, regardless of the big field being dog-less at that time.

Well - with the sun up and the weather being nice, it looks as if we'll have to get up earlier yet again ...

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