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, 20 May 2010

May 20th

We left the house at 6.35 a.m. It wasn't sunny, but mild, dry and still. We had heard some raven calls, but didn't see any in the big field. 

Into the ravens field, and no ravens came as we walked towards the far end and the fence to the allotments. 
Miss Sophie got some more training - and as we neared the wall to the allotments, one single raven did turn up.
This was the bold raven's companion. She didn't raise any of her head feathers today. The streak on her head we saw yesterday afternoon had gone, so she looked again as if peering out from underneath a heavy fringe.

She picked up the scraps I threw her, flying off across the wall after having picked up a couple of scraps, then coming back. At one point she croaked, as if asking for more scraps ... which she, of course got!
Miss Sophie totally disregarded her.

Then, turning towards the spinney, Bas and Karen appeared. While Miss Sophie went up to greet Karen, the raven still came for a few more scraps, not being afraid of bouncing Bas.

We walked back the way we came, across to the small arboretum, then along the Horse Chestnut Avenue. 
No more ravens called or appeared.

Later this afternoon, it felt warm! The sun was hot when not hidden behind clouds. 
We went to Pontcanna Fields again - too many people and small children in Llandaff Fields - Miss Sophie must still practise to obey in spite of distractions ...

We saw the odd raven on the ground, but they were far away and while there were a few calls, none of them approached us. There was no point in throwing some scraps to attract them because there were too many crows around. They'd have got to the scraps first.

So back home we went, looking forward to more warm days this weekend.

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