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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Friday, 14 May 2010

May 14th

Another cold and grey day. There was a slight drizzle. The wind had turned to the SW, so it didn't feel quite a perishing as the days before. 

We left the house an hour later than usual, me not being up to scratch, and took the same walk as yesterday morning. Miss Sophie needs the experience and training very much.
So again, no ravens in the morning.

Later, in the afternoon, we went across the big field to the ravens field. It was still cold, and then it started to rain ...
The bold raven's companion picked us up again as we'd got to the middle of the ravens field, walking across to the far end. 

She is no longer raising her head feathers when we are around. She is not quite as bold, but does follow us, sometimes trying to keep up by 'jogging', which looks very funny.

But mostly, she is swooping close to the ground, to catch up with us after she's gobbled some scraps. She lands quite close, then hops away, for a couple of hops. But she is within a yard of us. 

Miss Sophie is no longer even looking at the raven. She sits, and then has to do a proper, 'official' recall, sitting in front of me. That is different from the general recall, where she just has to come, but is necessary for the obedience class.

We walked all round the ravens field, leaving along the 'no more food' way. The raven followed us even to the space in front of the sheds. 
I gave her another scrap there, because I needed Miss Sophie to sit and watch me. There was one of her least favourite dog breeds (labrador) walking past and I did not want any dog kerfuffle, thank you very much!

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