A trip to Lindisfarne Castle was extra special for one family when they encountered a wise old owl peeking through one of the windows.
The mum and her children had been asked to look out for an owl on the National Trust’s Hallowe’en trail around the former fortress on Holy Island off the north Northumberland coast. But little did the party think they would have such a close encounter with a real one.
The family was completing the Hallowe’en hunt looking for hidden objects, one being a foot-tall plastic owl. Instead they spotted this living and breathing bird peeking in through the window of the West Bedroom.
House steward Nick Lewis said: “I was shocked to see the picture. 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.”