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.

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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Sunday, April 18th

It was another brilliant morning, with bright sunshine and a cloudless sky. The icy wind has now dropped to barely noticeable, but it is still very cold. There was again frost on the grass, and I still have to wear gloves on these early morning walks.

We left the house at 6.50 a.m. (that is the extent of my Sunday lay-in ...), and again heard some raven calls from the distance.
Once we'd got to the ravens field, and had finished our training exercises, we started walking round the top enclosure. I now keep well away from the gate-less entrance, so that inquisitive dogs won't rush in to scoff the scraps before the ravens get to them.

As soon as we stood at the top fence - Miss Sophie sitting - a raven called from one of the trees next to the wall at the allotments. He came flying into the enclosure, picking up all he physically could. 

He then hid some in a hole at the opposite site from us, got some more scraps and then flew off towards the quarry side. He was too far away to be sure, but I think this was one of my bold pair.

After he'd vanished, there were no more calls, and he did not come back. There were no other ravens to be seen or heard on our way back.

So I definitely will have to set the alarm half an hour earlier from tomorrow. Well, it certainly is now bright enough to enjoy the early morning, undisturbed by other dogs, cold weather or not!

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