A different kind of day: ornithologist Martin Davison gave a talk about his job and passion – raptors and owls of Kielder Forest.
|In the classroom|
|An afternoon walk|
Martin was able to point out the characteristics of the remains of a wood pigeon that indicated that it had most likely ended its days as dinner for a sparrow hawk rather than any other predator. We also examined the contents of some tawny owl pellets.
|Martin & Phil|
|Martin points out potential nesting site|
Not unexpectedly, three red kites came to see what we were up to, but that was our only raptor or owl sighting of the day. However, we did spot a roe deer, and Phil Younger led us to a roe deer circle – tracks circling a tree, the result of courtship behaviour.And as usual we were lucky to have a fine day.