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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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

June 2nd

What a beautiful morning - warm, no wind, and the sun shining through a light early morning haze!

We went out at 6.50 a.m., and noticed all the dog walkers in Llandaff Fields. So we crossed into Pontcanna Fields, where the ravens were in the huge sycamores, but not on the ground. 
We could hear their distinct croaks.
Miss Sophie did exceedingly well in her recalls, and I hope she also learned that swallows are not for chasing ...

Later in the afternoon, with the early haze burned away, it was very warm. The sun shone from a bright blue sky with only a very few white clouds. 

Miss Sophie turned towards Pontcanna Fields as we left the house, so that's where we went. Again, she did so well that hopefully I can let her off by the end of the week.

We heard more raven calls, this time coming from the trees near the river. They were intermixed with crow calls, but the raven sound is unmistakeable - a really deep, throaty croak.

On the way back, one raven was on the ground in the car park. He was drinking from the shallow puddles which were still left after yesterday's rain. 
It was not one of my ravens. He walked off as we approached, and hopped away when I threw him a scrap. But - he did walk back and picked it up once we had walked away for some distance.

It's going to be warm and sunny tomorrow as well, so we'll aim for an earlier start and make for Llandaff Fields.
Bas and Karen are on holidays ....

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