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.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Some new raven photos, taken on May 3rd, 2010

These photos are of one of the young pair. I have described one of those ravens as having a 'roman' nose.

See for yourselves why I used that description:

Here he is looking towards us - note the different shape of the 'brow' compared to the bold raven:

Here he is eyeing a scrap:

Here he is making a hole to hide his scrap:

Note how deep the beak goes into the ground.

Hopefully I'll be able to take more photos as the weather gets warmer - provided the rain keeps to times when we're not out in the park!

Photos of the ravens' nest, taken on May 2nd, 2010

Here are some photos of the ravens' nest:

The tree with the ravens' nest from a distance:

The nest is the 'blob in the centre of this photo:

Zooming in a bit more:

And here ...:

...  that is a raven in the nest!!

We saw him fly in and land - no doubt possible!

May 4th

It was far less chilly when we went out at 6.50 a.m. than it had been forecast. 
We went directly to Pontcanna Fields and did some of our exercises. Miss Sophie is learning fast, but dogs and squirrels in her field of vision still distract her a lot.

I threw some scraps to a lone raven - one of the young pair. Then he was joined by his companion. He hadn't called, though.

However, they then both called - and suddenly we were surrounded by three dozen crows. I counted them. 
The ravens tried to scare them off, without success.
They then retreated in view of this huge crowd. 
So we retreated home as well.

May 3rd

The morning was cold and grey, the sun coming out while we had our walks. 
There were more bouncy dogs in Llandaff Fields, so we went directly to Pontcanna Fields, taking some more photos of the nest.

Only one raven came to pick up scraps, he was one of the young pair, and I managed to get some photos of him.
He didn't call, and no other ravens joined him.

Sunday May 2nd

Leaving at the usual time, to a more grey morning. 
The park was empty. It was the Bank Holiday.
Today we went to the ravens field. Just one raven came to pick up some scraps. He came from the allotments' side.
No other ravens called or joined the lone raven.

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