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Ravens future secure for now

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on August 19, 2020 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

After a tense few days not knowing if the ravens would have to leave, we have with the help of two wonderful gentleman from Parks and Gardens been given the green light to stay. Tony has made two beautiful strong metal perches, that can be secured on the grass. This means the ravens will nolonger perch on either the wall or the bench. I can place the perches wherever I like, ( although I think James might have something to say if I put them on the bowling green.)  This is really positive news. The two perches are both  long enough to sit two birds on so Izabella and Emyrus can sit together, Sophia can sit on the other perch as  safe distance away so there is no fighting. Mourdour will still wander freely, until I am told otherwise. This proves that the museum side of the council value our worth,  and were keen to help keep us here.


Mongo and Vivian breed.

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on April 3, 2020 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)
I am pleased to announce that this year 2020 we have been successful in having at lest one of our three eggs laid in the incubator the chick is progressing well, and if all goes to plan the chick should hatch on Good Friday, which this year falls on the late Gabriel's birthday, I am a great believer in fate /destiny so see this as a good omen. We did get two fertile eggs last year but both died before hatch date. Izabella and Emyrus have paired up so we have put them out into their own avairy to see if they might breed. However this is a new environment to them so it will take time for them to readjust. There are signs of possible nest building, but it could just be Izabella playing with them. Due to the on going coronavirus pandemic it is doubtful we will get to the castle at all this year, so we might leave them in the avairy through the summer and into spring next year so they are not unsettled again.

new ravens settling in.

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on July 17, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Our two new raven chicks, Emyrus a common raven and Odo our African white neck raven are settling in well at the castle, Odo came from a conservation centre in Italy. He is now nearly three months old and still silly tame as they say. This means at the moment he can be stroked by the visitors. Arthur our adult white neck was very placid, so I am hoping Odo will not get like the common ravens and start to nip. Emyrus is now almost four months old also a male but he is showing signs of aggression, if this continues he will have to become an aviary bird. But it could just be a fleeting phase, as he gets older he might settle down. He has taken to standing on the fist very well, but once on he starts to peck at the glove and wanders up people's arm. I need to spend some one to one time with him, but I am so busy trying to get as much blacksmithing done (my other job) before the six week school holidays, because then I will be at the castle everyday.

For those who are fans of Raven Izabella, she has her own facebook page. Knaresborough castle raven Izabella, so you can keep up with her antics there.

Possible additions to collection

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on December 30, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

There are two pairs of white neck ravens for sale and a pair of Alpine choughs, I would like to purchase at least one pair, but which, the wnr should be the preferred choice. Then I want our ravens to bred a new pair might unsettle them, so maybe I should just wait until later next year, then they might be an odd raven chick that would be better for us. As we need a display raven not a breeding pair. 

changes with display ravens

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on October 3, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

After the sad loss of H.M. Gabriel raven, Ravenelf has come out of semi retirement, she has taken to being back on duty very well. The new Knaresborough Castle Ravens 2016 calendar is at the printers and will be available in a couple of weeks priced at £7-99. It contains some beautiful photographs by the ravens very own professional photographer Roy Hampson . Gabriels very own book is also going to press next week, that is priced at £8-99 entitled 'The Comical Exploits of Raven Gabriel'  it is written  in the first person and is diary of her arrival at three weeks old up to her first birthday. A lot of it is actually true, but with a little poetic licence , it is suitable for young and old, and because it is in diary form, you can read as much or as little as you want in one reading session, but will not lose the gest of the story.

buriel of H.M. Raven Gabriel.

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on September 25, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

it is with a heavy heart I have to tell all our friends that today 25/09/2015 we have buried our beloved Gabriel. As it is with Royal protocol she has been buried in the dry moat at Knaresborough Castle, so now she is free to fly around whenever she pleases. We will all miss her, she touched so many people, both young and old, but her spirit will live on in our hearts. Rest in Peace my beautiful friend. 

public notice.

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on September 17, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It is with much sadness that I have to report our much loved royal raven Gabriel was found dead in the dry moat at Knaresborough Castle this am. It appears she was the victim of a crow attack. She brought a lot of joy to adults and children alike. she worked with the well known disabled actor Jez Coulbourn, superstar Warrick Davies, in Holmgana the Viking film produced by Glass canon, and her last performance was with Sir Terry Wogan and Mason Mcqueen. Rest in Peace. dear friend.

H.M.Raven Gabriel 10/04/2000 to 17/9/2015.

Nest building with gusto

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on February 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I do not want to tempt fate, but both Mongo and Vivian have been busy all week nest building. It is huge, they have nearly used all the sticks I put in for them. Gave them some more this am and some more nest lining. Will post some photo's when I have taken some. They caught me off gaurd, so I never got chance to put a web cam in. The nest is so high, if they carry on vivian will not be able to get into it. The weather has turned now raining, but am hopeful for first egg mid week. Then it will just be an egg, Mongo is a big bird, territorial now, so what he will be like when there are eggs in the nest, so I am not even going to try and candle them. This next month is going to be nerve wracking, waiting for the possible cries of raven chicks. It has been along time coming, 7 years since our last chicks, and only Mourdour living to adulthood. Foget the year of the sheep, could this be the year of the raven????

             In other news, went to the viking film night saw Holmgana the film Gabriel was in only a short film 11 minutes but what a film , it was terrific, Gabriel looked wonderful, not like she does at the moment, feathers hanging out everywhere, going to the vet with her friday, she is just not herself, then she is nearly 15, but she has come quite moody almost vicious, especially towards me, I hope she is ok. Some superstions say, for new life to be born, a life must be lost. I hope we do not get chicks at the expense of Gabriel.

Another film part for Gabriel

Posted by Igraine hustwitt Skelton on December 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

They say don't they its not what you knows as who you know. I had an email from a lovely chap called Alex, he works for Vincent Regan, yes that one the movie star. Well he along with Dame Judi Dench started a theatre company in Beverley they are doing a interpretation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol' over the next month into January next year. Alex is a friend of one of the production crew at Glass Cannon, so he saw Gabriel in their Viking film 'Holmgana'. He loved the bit with Gabriel and suggested to Mr Regan that it might be good to have her in the film part of the play. So he emailed me, we filmed last week. I can not wait to see the play. Izabella is well miffed, at this rate Gabriel will be more famous than her.