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.

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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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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wednesday, Nov 10th, 2010

It was five minutes to seven in the morning when we left the house.

The sky was clear, a beautiful dawn - but it was pretty cold. There was no rain or drizzle, but the NW wind was rather penetrating.

The ravens picked us up just after we'd gone past the toddlers' playground, following us into the tennis courts. Again I noticed how they prefer me turning my back to them after I've thrown some food items - they do not want to be observed. One came within a foot of my back, flying off onto the fence when I turned round.

At one point they were on the ground in front of me, a good yard away and to the side, one to the right, the other to the left. I'd had Miss Sophie do a sit-stay, we'd just finished the exercise and I was sending her off. She trotted right between the two ravens, only one of whom hopped aside a bit. They don't seem to mind her, and she is not chasing them, but will bark if they suddenly swoop up in front of her nose.

When we left, they did not follow us to the footpath and the big field, as they did at the beginning. I have stopped feeding them anywhere except in the tennis courts, and they seem to have learned that.

Miss Sophie was not as good with the recalls today as she was yesterday. She did a lot of running about, and seemed to pretend that she couldn't hear me ... just like Madame Dog. Must be something unique to Border Collie girlies ...

Horrible weather (gales, rain) predicted for tomorrow - we'll see if that forecast turns out to be right.

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