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, 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. It was the bold raven - but compared to the past spring/winter/autumn, he was definitely less bold.

I threw him some scraps while the other raven - I think it was one of the young pair - also walked closer. When I threw a scrap for that raven, the bold one was onto it like a flash, wings flapping. 

Both flew off, but came back a bit later, when Miss Sophie and I turned back towards the spinney after our exercises, Miss Sophie now being off the lead while we are in the ravens field. 

They got a few more scraps, which all went into the bold raven ...!
He ate them, then flew to sit on the wall. 
Before we could do any more feeding, Bella, a young, black small Collie cross turned up. 

She was very keen to play with Miss Sophie. I took my eyes off her for a moment, to get her lead out - and she was off, rushing around with Bella, tail wagging, running and running. They ran together round the top part of the ravens field for four times! 

In the end, Bella's dad and me collected our hounds, both a bit out of breath, and both of course having conveniently overheard our commands to come back! 
Well - they enjoyed it, Miss Sophie most certainly did ..


Anonymous said...

Hi {Yma} this is realwest! Sounds like a pretty good day for you and a GREAT day for Miss Sophie - I love watching dogs run free myself!
Not coming when called, but only when tired out, however, may take some more work on your part!

yma said...

Hiya, realwest,

yes, a lot more work is needed, definitely!

I aim for her to come back immediately when I call, but not call too early so that she'll have some runs. I don't want her to disregard me because she's having fun which I then curtail.
Its a question of trust, for both of us.
The other thing I must observe is that I call her without immediately putting her back on her lead ...
Training a clever Border Collie really is hard work, because you can teach them something you don't intend, something wrong - but how are they to know!!!

Still, its all great fun!

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