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.

Monday, 5 July 2010


... or so this blog will be suspended.

I've got to have an eye operation next Monday. Until then, I have to restrict my use of the PC, and after the operation, it will take some time for things to settle.

I'll still be able to go out with Miss Sophie and feed the ravens, missing perhaps a couple of days, and hope to resume blogging as soon as possible - writing up all the brief notes I've made in the meanwhile!

So please keep checking in - normal raven services will definitely be resumed as soon as I physically can!

July 5th

We went out at 6.30 a.m., it was again overcast and a bit cooler than yesterday, but when we got back an hour later, the sun started to come out.

In the ravens field, both ravens were present, but the one with the pale feathers on the chest simply does not compete for scraps. He only goes to take them once the bold one has gone off to make his holes in the ground. 
When I throw a scrap while the bold one, albeit gone away, still can see this, he comes back and grabs it, flapping his wings at the other one.

Today Miss Sophie went up to say hello to Toby, the lovely Border Collie with the blue and brown eye. He was wary because in their two previous encounters she'd attacked him. Today, it was all wagging tail from her! 
I was happy with that, because I do like Toby ...

Sunday, July 4th

Still a bit damp underfoot, but no rain. Instead we had nice sunshine, a bit cooler than in the preceeding weeks.

We left the house at ... ahem ... no idea! Sometime between 6.30 and 6.45 a.m. - I'd forgotten to put my watch back on ...

The same happened as yesterday, with the one raven calling and waiting for the bold one to pick up the scraps. They both look a bit ragged when flying off. Their tails and wings have gaps where they are missing feathers.

As the ground has become a bit softer now, because of the little bits of rain, both now also go off and make holes in the ground again.

No evidence of any juvenile ravens, not in the ravens field.

July 3rd

A bit overcast and damp, after a rainy night, but still mild.

We went out at 6.45 a.m., going straight to the ravens field where we 'met' the one raven with the pale feathers on his chest, and then the bold one. He only came after the other had called.
It was actually quite interesting, because that raven did not pick up the scraps I'd thrown - he stood and called, and let the bold one pick those scraps.

Having done our round and our exercises, and having seen both ravens fly off, we went home when the dog population increased.

Friday, 2 July 2010

July 2nd

It had been raining during the night, and it was still damp in the early hours of the morning. When we went out at 6.55 a.m., the sky was clearing, there were already patches of blue shining through. It was mild and there was no breeze.

There were again lots of jackdaws in the big field, some feeding their young. Although there were wood pigeons, there were no seagulls this morning.

We went straight to the ravens field, where two ravens were on the ground, on what used to be the top enclosure.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

July 1st

Again it was overcast and much cooler than yesterday when we went out at 6.55 a.m. 

We heard raven calls again, and saw one sitting on the wall near the first field. The big field was again well populated by the jackdaws and seagull, with some wood pigeons amongst them.

We went straight to the ravens field, where two ravens were strolling about in what used to be the top enclosure. When we neared that part of the field on our way to the far top corner, one raven came walking towards us.

June 30th

It was overcast when we left the house at 6.45 a.m., and felt a bit muggy.

For the first time in weeks we'd heard raven calls, both in the evening and in the early morning. There were still lots of jackdaws and seagulls in both the big field and the bottom of the ravens field, but as we came to the spinney and the footpath, just before crossing into the ravens field, we heard a croak - and the bold raven came to us, from the spinney.
He got a couple of scraps and flew off while we went to the far end of the ravens field where we did our exercises.

Before Bas and Karen turned up, the bold raven and one of the quarry pair were walking about and poking the ground in a desultory fashion in what used to be the top enclosure. They got some more scraps and then we all walked or flew off.

It seems to me that the rain yesterday somehow must have revived the ravens ...

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