Trail’s a real hoot

The owl at Lindisfarne Castle.
The owl at Lindisfarne Castle.

A VISITOR to a north Northumberland landmark got more than she bargained for.

She was looking out for a model owl while on a Hallowe’en trail on Holy Island, only to be surprised to come across the real thing.

While on the National Trust trail at Lindisfarne Castle with her children, the woman was hunting for hidden objects, one of them a foot-tall plastic owl.

But on finishing the trail they presented a snap of a real owl, above, to house steward Nick Lewis.

“I was shocked to see the picture,” he said. “I thought the family were joking at first but it was great to see the bird perching on the ledge.

“I have been keeping an eye out for owls since we installed an owl box on the back of the ticket hut. Two years ago a pair were roosting on the ledge outside the Ship Room and below the West Bedroom but there has been no sighting since.

“These photos show the West Bedroom windows so it is encouraging that they may have returned to roost and perhaps nest.”