Town Raven

Town Raven
In flight

ITS A DIARY !

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!

Enjoy!

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.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Feb 20th


Again a frosty morning, dry but sunny. There were the early morning raven calls to be heard from Pontcanna Fields, but today, having left the house around 7.30 a.m., I could hear them as soon as I got into Llandaff Fields as well. They were coming from the boundaries.

I got into the big field, and in the middle, quite a bit away from the top, I stood still and turned around to look at the fabulous sun rise: the glowing, orange-golden sun just rising above the rooftops, what a sight! 
As I turned back, the quarry pair was just swooshing in, landing a good six yards away. 
I walked a bit further, to the top - and from the ravens field the young pair arrived. 
I stood to get the scraps out of my pocket - and from over the toddlers' playground my bold pair came swooshing in!

Feeding them the usual way elicited the usual responses - but this time they all were a bit wary, even the bold pair. The reason was that one black-headed gull kept circling overhead, quite low - and even tried  to get one of the scraps from the ground. 
The bold raven moved towards that scrap and the seagull flew off, scrap-less.

There were only a very few dogs around, so the ravens all got their food without interruptions. There were no kerfuffles, neither between the pairs nor amongst themselves. They all looked as if they kept themselves to one patch - distant from the patches of the other two pairs, and trying not to encroach.
 
Walking back, pockets empty, it occurred to me that the ravens can see me very well now that sunrise is so much earlier, and that they must be on the look-out for me. 
Also, I think they regard my standing still as a sign that the food distribution is imminent.

I shall try that again tomorrow, as the weather is predicted to stay the same, and see if my assumptions are correct.
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