I'm after some advice, I'll start with a little backstory.
During the summer I started noticing a raven visiting the field where I walk my dog, it was magnificent. I'd never seen one before so was in awe. After seeing it a few times I wanted to take a photo to show my partner.
I walked a bit closer to get a good shot but then it flew towards me. I took a few steps back and it landed in front of me and just boldly started walking towards me. I got a little bit freaked out so my dog ran towards it to ward it off me. Well that caused chaos. It took flight and started swooping above our heads and chased me off the field. I had to hide in a bush to catch my breath but when I emerged it was still waiting for me. It followed me all the way home.
I assumed that was the end of it but no, it knows where I live and has even tried to steal my cats food. I can't leave my door open because it sits on top of it and I'm scared it gets in the house.
Since then if I go to the field and it is there it will chase me off, it's a pretty big field so I try to keep to the side it's not at but it still flies over as soon as it spots me.
Tonight it had me in tears because it was waiting at the entrance to the field and when I threw my dogs ball it picked it up and then flew at my face. It is absolutely massive and terrifying. I called my partner to join me and as soon as he turned up it left me alone.
I need to walk my dog and she loves going to the field but I don't know what to do anymore. Is there some way I can scare it off? I just want it to leave me alone. I'm sure it's enjoying playing with me and it's no longer about territory but some kind of game.
Tl;dr Raven chases me everytime I go to the field with my dog, want advice on how to get it to leave me alone.
Hello, how upsetting for you and your poor dog! I see no one has replied to help you yet. I am not a raven expert, but have had experience with Australian magpies and similar behaviour when I lived in Australia. It sounds like this raven is territorial, or has been teased, shot at or something horrible. Are there hunters nearby? Or pheasant breeding going on? Is he playing with you when he gets the ball? They are very intelligent, but if it’s upsetting you, perhaps not. While dealing with territorial/nesting magpies, we used to wear hats to protect our face with large eyes painted on and would use an umbrella. I wouldn’t suggest any sort of aggressive behaviour, like throwing things at them, it is only going to annoy the bird more. People in Australia worked out to feed and make friends of the magpies which stopped aggressive behaviour. I do the same here with crows. Wherever we walk, or where I work, I feed the local crows monkey nuts. I always call to them and they know me. They call out to each other when they see me coming. Maybe you could offer the raven something tasty so he sees you as a friend and not a threat. Good luck x
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