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.

If you right-click on the image and open it in a new tab, you can then zoom in to see more details.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sunday, May 16th

Well, back to normal then - weatherwise, that is ...!

It was grey and cold, no sun - and the drizzle turned to light rain while we were out.

Today, we went along the usual route to the big field and the ravens field, having left the house at 7.10 a.m. 

On the way, we noticed that yesterday's picnicers had left huge amounts of waste in the bins, so ravens and seagulls had a feast today. As we walked on I heard a scream behind me:a seagull was flying up from one of the waste bins, screaming. 
A raven had flown to that bin and sat a few feet above the gull on a lamp post. He got to the bin as soon as the seagull had gone.  So - ravens rule the bins!

In the ravens field, we got picked up by our bold raven today. 
I am always amazed how different, and indeed bold, his behaviour is compared to that of the other ravens. 
For example, he never ducks when I throw a scrap. Even his bold companion still does that. 
He often swoops from where he made his last hole to land right in front of us, facing us - all the others land to our side or behind us, then walking to our side. 
Today, one of the scraps slipped from my fingers and landed about a foot away. Even with Miss Sophie sitting next to me (she is now very good at that!), he sidled up to get that scrap!

He followed us all the way round the ravens field. No other raven turned up, and he did not call.

We'll see how warm and wet it's going to be tomorrow, and will do our walks accordingly.

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