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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Thursday, 3 June 2010

June 3rd

It was another beautiful morning - mild, sunny, dry, and no breeze at that early time of the morning. 

We went out at 6.50 a.m., and walked up to the ravens field. Towards the middle of it (we had to avoid the far end because of other dogs), the first raven to appear was the companion of the bold raven. She followed us when we did walk to the trees on the far side. 
She is not as bold as her companion, but a bit bolder than the Roman raven, who joined her. I don't know if this is a generational deference by the Roman raven, but he did not approach any of the scraps I threw, not even those which landed close to him. 
She took them all. Usually, he does not let his companion pick up the scraps first.

When he finally flew off, she still stuck with us, and as we walked back towards the spinney, one of the quarry pair came. 
It was the one who has this pale patch on the right side of his chest, which I mentioned a while back during the winter. 
At that time, all six of them came to get scraps from me, so it was easy to recognise their distinguishing marks.

The bold raven's companion raised her head feathers when the quarry raven appeared.

Later in the afternoon, it was hot - about 75 F - but a cool breeze from the E kept us comfortable. We went to Pontcanna Fields because the children and parents take advantage of the wonderful sunshine. It is half-term, so they are all out in force. 

While Llandaff Fields becomes a bit crowded, Pontcanna Fields is pretty big and people congregate at the bottom, next to the river. 

It felt really hot in the shadeless open spaces - and only a single crow here and there, and one raven, were out on the ground.
No raven approached us - and only one crow called.

More sunshine tomorrow ...

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