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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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday - Nov 14th, 2010

Another grey and damp November morning, and rather cool as well.
We went out at 7.15 a.m. and the first raven waited for us at the toddlers' playground.

As soon as we were inside the tennis courts, his companion came as well, and both got their titbits while I did more training with MissSophie. She is starting to grasp that if she doesn't come on my call, I walk off, leaving her alone. So she does come running - well, rushing along five tennis courts is a good bit of exercise for her.

While the ravens were on the ground, another came flying over, towards Pontcanna Fields. The ravens did not caw - and I observed that raven land in the top of a tree on the far side of the toddlers' playground, where two others were already sitting. Now that most of the leaves have gone, it is a bit easier to see them.

It looked as if they were observing the two ravens I was feeding.
One of the tennis court ravens made a few deep croaking noises when sitting on the fence, and with his feathers fluffed out he looked pretty big.
Also, when the two are squabbling over a titbit, one can see how one of them slightly erects the feathers on its head.

After we left and walked back, there were some more dogs running around. Miss Sophie has now learned to obey my commands rather than try and engage with those dogs - these are the teenage 'hooligans', Bart, Finn, and Henry (a black Lab), who are nice but generally exuberant and a bit rough. One day Miss Sophie will be able to play with them - we're working on it!

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