Last week I placed a road kill roe deer on the long shingle spit in front of Tern Hide to see what it would attract. There had been reports of two ravens feeding on it throughout the week and today when I called into Tern Hide they were there again. I got some pictures using my phone camera and telescope, not the best photos as it’s a bit distant for my kit but you get the idea.
At the beginning of the last century ravens were heavily persecuted by gamekeepers and pushed right to the western and northern fringes of Britain but now happily they’re making a come back and have recolonized most of their former range. Much larger than crows and rooks with a thick heavy bill and a wingspan of up to 130 cm, a really impressive bird. Carrion of substantial size is actually quite a scarce resource in the British countryside so it was good to be able to provide something during the cold weather at the moment. A red kite was seen from Tern Hide last week so with luck we might see that feeding on the deer carcass too.