Sunday, 9 March 2008
Arriving early at the cathedral this morning, as soon as I opened the car door I realised the ravens must be about because the female peregrine was screaming and flying round the top of the tower.
However, as I dashed round to the south side, there was no sign of the ravens but I guessed they must be on the roof. After a while, one raven appeared and hopped over onto the favoured right hand gargoyle at which moment the peregrine renewed her attacks, diving down on the raven. Before I could get my scope in place, the raven and its mate flew off to the west and the female peregrine, joined by her mate also retreated out of view.
So here's a shot of the tower's south side with the female peregrine visible as a tiny dot in the sky to the left of the tower. The nest platform is visible as a blackish protrusion on the partly visible east face of the tower.
The second photo shows the gargoyle that the raven's are trying to put sticks on. It is the right hand one on the south side of the tower, ie round the corner from the next platform side.
Incidentally, the 'gargoyle' is strictly a 'grotesque' since it doesn't function as a water spout and is purely decorative. Make up your own minds what sort of creature it is! I assume that's a tusk rather than a tongue protruding from its mouth!
Ten minutes later the cathedral was devoid of birds except that a sparrowhawk flew in from the east and briefly perched right on the very top-most pinnacle before continuing on westwards.
It was a lovely sunny morning as you can see. A gale is forecast for this evening....
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