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Old Friday 4th June 2010, 18:17   #1
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Ravens?

My question, basically, is are Ravens to be found in Oxfordshire?

The background is that my wife was paying one of her regular visits to Oxfordshire (a rural location a few miles from Banbury) and she saw a bird she thinks must have been a Raven. Though not an expert birder she does know a Carrion Crow, a Rook and a Buzzard when she sees one, as she is very familiar with these species. She says the bird was like a very big Carrion Crow, uniformly black, with a 'humped', very large bill. It was perched on a fence post about 50-60 feet away and was about the size of a Buzzard but more 'massive'.

She has never seen one in the area before, despite having lived there in the past for many years, and being a regular visitor still.

I can't think of anything it could have been other than a Raven, but are they known in Oxfordshire?

There is, of course, the possibility that it was an escape.
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Afternoon David, yep they are here and breeding. There has been a pair on one of my regular patches just south of Oxford for a couple of years now, and this spring I managed by chance to find there nesting site. They have also been seen at the Otmoor reserve which is not too far from Banbury.
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Old Sunday 6th June 2010, 18:06   #3
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Afternoon David, yep they are here and breeding. There has been a pair on one of my regular patches just south of Oxford for a couple of years now, and this spring I managed by chance to find there nesting site. They have also been seen at the Otmoor reserve which is not too far from Banbury.
Thanks for that.

Seems like she could well have been right then.

That Ravens are spreading is some good news in a world not over-full of it...
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I saw one for the first time at Otmoor a few weeks ago
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Old Friday 27th August 2010, 14:21   #5
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Quite widespread on Oxfordshire now. In north Oxfordshire I have seen birds around Deddington, the Balscote/Shutford area and they have also been regularly seen around Hook Norton.

So there is every chance.
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Old Tuesday 12th October 2010, 18:32   #6
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Yep, saw my first ravens in farmoor the other day. 3 flew past!
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Thanks for the input. Why am I never there when anything interesting happens?
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