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, 8 November 2010

Nov 8th, 2010

The storm did its work during the night. When we went out at about 7 a.m., there were lots of twigs and small branches on the ground, and lots more leaves. The playing fields were sodden, and there were some rather large puddles on the hard ground of the tennis courts.
Thankfully, the biggest was in a place Miss Sophie doesn't run through ...!

It was cold and clear, and there was no wind. The sun was hidden behind high clouds.

The two ravens picked us up when we reached the vicinity of the tennis courts and followed us inside, again sitting on the high fencing.

They follow us to the other end, anda cross - and are even sitting precariously on the nets. They swoop down to pick up the scraps, but always wait until I turn my back.

I am now pretty certain that this is the young pair. Also, I think they look thin only as a reaction to my looking at them directly when they are on the ground. It is something birds generally do when scared - making themselves look thin and small.
When they sit on the high fence, they look big and impressive, and are not frightened. They allow me to come quite close when they are so high up, to within a foot. Thus I could clearly see the hook on the tip of the upper beak, which is a distinguishing feature of ravens.

Miss Sophie's training continues ... long way to go yet. She pretended she couldn't hear me when she was interested in some dogs on the other side of the fence ... still, her tail kept wagging at them, and we'll just have to continue with the training inside the courts ...

More gloomy weather forecast for the next few days - we'll see! Right now the sun is shining, but there is not much warmth.


Anonymous said...

Hi Yma, it's realwest! Geez I'm SO GLAD to see Town Ravens back!!
Hope you're doing well and that the weather doesn't keep you down!

yma said...

Hiya, {rw}!

How do you like the new lay-out for this blog?

I thought the ravens (and me) could do with a bit of polish ...


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