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    Hi All,

    Took the girls oaround Fairfield Horseshoe today. The route today would take us to the snow line and I wanted to try some winter coats I brought for the girls. Although the temperature (a sunny zero) did not really require them to wear them, I wanted them to get used to wearing them if we need to use them in very bad or very cold weather.













    Yay snow!










    Time to test the jackets:











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    thanks dan, great pics put a smile on my face before bedtime,

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    Fab pics, gorgeous girls, hope they enjoyed their v smart jackets. Great to see the raven.


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    Awwww, doggies in hi-vis coats

    Good shot of the raven, too.

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    I was expecting girls as in daughters
    Lovely pics, looks like you had really nice weather.

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    Lovely Nice raven too.

    How precisely do you tell them from big crows?

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    Re: "Girls" - Oh god, Labradors are enough responsibility thanks.

    Re: Crows, Ravens, etc. Shamefully I am totally ignorant in regard to the local bird wildlife. Although I did see a number of these black creatures, what on earth do they eat up there?







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    I dunno. Suppose that with somewhere as popular as the Fairfield horseshoe there will be quite a few crumbs to scavenge.

    Corvids seem to be almost scarily smart though so they might even just like the view (Or of course a place to launch to glide around and look for dead sheep etc.).

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    Raven or crow? Well, that one is a raven.

    How to tell them apart:

    The higher and wilder the terrain, the more likely it is to be a raven (conversely, the lower and more intensely inhabited or farmed, the more likely to be a crow although I've seen ravens in very urban places such as Llangollen town centre).

    Ravens are a good bit larger than crows (a third as big again).

    A raven's beak is proportionately heavier and 'chunkier than a crow's.

    A raven has a much deeper and more gutteral call than a crow.

    A raven tends to look less sleek and glossy than a crow (rather like a rook does) and has a shaggy look to its feathers, especially round its neck.

    In flight, a raven's tail is more chiselled in outline whereas a crow's tail is more crescent-ended.

    Also in flight, ravens sometimes 'tumble' dropping through the sky - crows don't. And ravens tend to soar and glide more than crows.

    Crows tend to be solitary and so are less likely to be seen in twos and threes than ravens (or rooks).

    What do ravens eat? They are omnivorous scavengers. Like most corvids, they are very intelligent and opportunistic so they can exploit a wide diet in a range of habitats. They'll eat any carrion they find but also insects, frogs, seeds and berrys, mice and similar small mammals, and they'll raid sources of discarded human food - for instance, they come down to the NT carpark in Gt Langdale at first light to go bin-dipping.

    Ravens are big and beautiful and a wonderful part of the mountain environment. O love to see and hear them.

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    No 'edit' button - I meant to conclude "I love to see them"

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    Great, thanks for the explinations Skip and Martin.

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    Ravens are awesome, we get them by us sometimes. I was lucky enough to see 2 barn owls and another owl on route to Snailbeach yesterday.

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    Looks a fantastic day out. Great photo's. Love the raven shot

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    Labs are the future, I became a fan of labs after meeting Pete Dixons mountain dog, Oscar. I've got a mate who has a choc lab and it's absolutely barmy, but I think that's due to lack of exercise.

    They do look good in their new jackets

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