Sunday, March 01, 2009
Just a Ravens flap away...
Above - Dunstanburgh Castle. Thats how far it is for a Raven to fly to Howick...
Above - The view South from the same spot the top picture was taken.
After a cold dull start, the day turned out nice and bright. No sign of the Raven today despite a good few hours outdoors listening for it.
Gary at Newton Stringer has left an interesting comment about there being two Ravens at Dunstanburgh castle. This is only about 1 minutes flight away from my sighting so I bet our bird was one of the two...I bet its still hanging around the coastal cliffs somewhere ... Alan Tilmouth reports that there have been no coastal birds in the county since 2004, but I see there was one on Holy Island in Oct 2006. I think I have heard of one there this year too but can't find the record anywhere?
Two Buzzards were running around like chickens hunting worms in the Heugh field, 21 Curlews were in the stubble along with 4 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. Two Skylarks were in full song high over the same field. A total of 150 Pink footed Geese flew north this morning and a male Sparrowhawk flashed through the garden.
The Fulmars provided the days strangest view as four of them soared together over the back fields and pine plantation. I wonder if they are daring each other who can go the furthest inland before getting scared!