Little Ravens.

For many years a pair of these birds have lived around and nested in the garden trees, regularly raising two youngsters every season. They have never become as trusting as the magpies, always maintaining a wary distance. Table scraps are regularly put out for them, they keep keen eyes on the feeding table and are down to investigate in a matter of minutes. It was so with some off-cuts of mutton, one of the parents first sampled the offering, and then gathered up the remainder to take to the waiting offspring.

Interestingly they also are partial to fruit, orange halves that have been juiced are cleaned out to the pith. They very cleverly place them in the hollow top of a post to make the job easier.

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