Thanks for the comments. I think we’ve concluded it was a peregrine killing a common gull and the remains were tidied up by a fox - after we had blundered through. An explanation for those who haven’t waded through the last 60 posts, we are commenting on a visit to Sighty Crag (G/SB-005) a fortnight ago when I was obviously more interested in the terrain than the radio as I omitted to comment on my contacts (don’t bother looking at my log - it’s a few weeks (months??) behind, sorry). Using a Yaesu VX-7 and sotabeam dipole as high as i could guy it (about 2m) the contacts were 2m fm - 4, 70cm fm - 1:
1221 2m fm M6OZJ James, Dudley, Newcastle
1224 2m fm GM8UPJ/M Dave near Lockerbie
1226 2m fm M3WLD Billy, Forest Ranger, Kielder South
1230 70cm fm M3WLD Billy, Forest Ranger, Kielder South
1242 2m fm 2E0CHP Mick Long Benton, Newcastle
My thanks to them all and I do realise I was extremely lucky to catch Billy, a South Kielder ranger who was listening to his radio while packing to go away. He was surprised to hear any activity of the 2m band, congratulated us on reaching Sighty Crag. and was happy to QSY to 70cm and thus double the number of 70cm contacts from that hill (was the previous one you Gerald, G4OIG?) After another 15 minutes of calling produced the vital 4th and nothing afterwards I decided it was time to go and take some photographs of M0JLA in his stone ‘nest’ and prepare for the trudge back to the fence corner. Luckily I was not aware of the (wo)mantrap which was awaiting me (see 33 and pictures 49 - if it is worth the effort!). Now, where is that log…?
73 Viki M6BWA