Town Raven

Town Raven
In flight


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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, 25 June 2010

June 25th

It was a beautiful summer morning today, with sunshine and a few clouds on the blue sky. There was a very slight breeze - just nice!

We went out at 6.45 a.m., and went agains traight to the ravens field. as yesterday, there were many jackdaws on the big field, and some seagulls.

Again, as yesterday, one raven picked us up as we were at the far corner, near the wall and the allotment fence. it was the Roman raven, and he took a few scraps, but only after we'd walked on. There was another raven in the middle of the field, who had moved in on the seagulls, one of which squawked. I assume it was the raven from that quarry pair - he was too far away for me to see properly.

The Roman raven flew off onto the wall, then came back as we turned towards the spinney. He fluffed up all his feathers before coming to look for another scrap, but something scared him, he did not pick it up.

I should mention that yesterday afternoon we saw not one raven in the whole of the huge Pontcanna Fields - nor one crow! 

It has been quite hot (temperatures well into the top 70s) for the last week or so, and we haven't had any rain to speak of for a couple of weeks.
The ground in both Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields is stone hard, and the grass is alreay burned brown - a view seldom seen in this part of Wales at this time of year.

So it is possible that the ravens and crows go to places in the vicinity where they find soft ground, such as the allotments, to look for worms and hide food.

Today I saw both ravens put their head down to the ground, as if to make a hole, but not doing it.

It is also worth mentioning that they are now moulting, so may not be keen to fly around much.


Anonymous said...

Hi {yma} it's realwest - I would think that the Ravens' Moulting has sort of kept them by themselves, but glad the Bold Raven has shown up again!
And again, I love reading your blog, even if I don't say so every day!
Thanks a lot for Town Ravens!!

yma said...

Hiya, realwest!

Thank you for your kind words!
I love writing about what the ravens do - even if, just now, they have apparently gone somewhere else.

Looking for them, and when there, feeding them, also provides me with great opportunities to train Miss Sophie in doing her 'stay' exercises. The dogs have to sit, lie down or stand (we haven't done that one yet!), for one, then five, then ten minutes, with the dog handler out of sight of the dog. And of course, they mustn't move, even if some Spaniel comes bouncing up. Alas, that one was too much for Miss Sophie - she got up, but she did not lunge at that Spaniel, so well done!

It is too hot for comfort, tomorrow I'll take some photos of the scorched fields.

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