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.

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Then read the current diary entries from the bottom up as well.

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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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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Tuesday, Nov 23rd, 2010

Another typical November morning: grey, damp, no sun - and cool. It was not as cold as the weather forecast predicted, so that was good!
We went out at 7.10 a.m.. it was still dark, so Miss Sophie wore her LED collar, blinking red.

Nobody was in the tennis courts this morning, and the ravens waited for us in the cherry trees.

Today, the ravens did not both come down, chasing the titbits, but one,alone, at first, then the other. They again went to sit in the trees rather than stay with us the whole time. They did croak at one point, but I couldn't see any bird flying over which might have made them apprehensive.

I am getting the impression that they do not like to pick up the titbits from the hard ground of the tennis courts.
So once I'm happy with Miss Sophie's recalls, I'll go back into the ravens field. That might take until the end of the month.

I did take the 'retrieve' object with me today, and she did reasonably well with that. Sadly, she loses interest in it after about five or six set-pieces, even though I never do more than two in a row. She is definitely not one to chase after balls, sticks or other objects until she drops ... its got to be squirrels - or cats - or swallows ...
Miss Sophie has also learned in which front gardens the neighbourhood cats are sitting, so she now checks them very carefully! I do as well - I don't fancy having my arm pulled out of the socket first thing in the morning!

Much colder weather predicted for the coming days - we'll see if the forecasters got that right!

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