Ravens at Tern Hide

 

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.

IMG_1909

Two ravens

 

IMG_1916

Raven with two magpies

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.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Ravens at Tern Hide

  1. ..a good development!

    *Geoff*

    *Track Cuckoos migrating back to the UK with the BTO @ http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking Just hit PLAY*

    On 6 March 2016 at 15:45, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve wrote:

    > EJB,HIWWT posted: ” 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 ag” >

  2. August 2017 I have taken a while to identify the Ravens that nest in a very tall evergreen tree in the corner of our garden because at firdt I could not believe that they were ravens. They are bigger than the rooks and have a distinctive call. Road kill is their business and it looks like Blashford lakes has been helping them out with ready meals i.e.venison. Thanks to your blog for putting my mind at rest, Blashford resident.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s