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.

Friday, 14 May 2010

May 14th

Another cold and grey day. There was a slight drizzle. The wind had turned to the SW, so it didn't feel quite a perishing as the days before. 

We left the house an hour later than usual, me not being up to scratch, and took the same walk as yesterday morning. Miss Sophie needs the experience and training very much.
So again, no ravens in the morning.

Later, in the afternoon, we went across the big field to the ravens field. It was still cold, and then it started to rain ...

May 13th

Still too cold for this time of year - max day time temp at 55 F -, and gloves were still needed. 

Today, I totally changed our walk because Miss Sophie needs to be exposed to different areas, and she needs to learn to come when I call her, even if she is fixating on a squirrel.
So - no ravens in the morning.

In the afternoon we went to Llandaff Fields, following our usual tour. At the top end of the quarry field, the second bold raven picked us up. This is the one who looks as if he/she is peering out from underneath a fringe. She is bold as well, following us closely as we crossed into the ravens field. 

There, she took off and did a low sweep of the whole field, chasing away a handful of jackdaws. She kept close to us, just like her bold companion. 

I'd run out of scraps by the time we got to the spinney. She had flown into the big lime tree, watching us. Then she swooped down, landing next to the sheds, even though she knows this was the 'no more food' way.

We'll see which one of them will turn up the next time.

May 12th

It was even colder - some frost on the grass, no sunshine, and still a cold wind from the NE.

We left the house at 6.45 a.m., and as we made our usual way to the ravens field, we got 'waylaid' by other dog walkers. I wanted Miss Sophie to meet and socialise. Thus we ran out of time to feed the ravens.

In the afternoon, we went to Pontcanna Fields. The ravens nest is now practically hidden by the unfolding leaves. If one doesn't know where it is, one would not be able to see it from the ground.

The one raven who was on the ground, and who took some scraps, was the young one of whom I've posted a photo.

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