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Strange fatality

Observed: 12th September 2011 By: RefugeeRefugee’s reputation in BirdsRefugee’s reputation in BirdsRefugee’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

This looks like a pheasant as the local gamekeepers favor a breed with darker plumage than the regular breed seen. It was about 4 meters above ground in diseased elm branches with other healthy trees behind on a steep bank. there are no power cables or roads near by. Also i see it as unlikely that it has glided in from an area where shooting is allowed as this a public access area. Limited shooting does take place in winter though. I do not see sighs of predation and don't know of any predator that might store food above ground in UK.
Any clues?

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Carstairs's picture

goshawk

Only thing I can think of is Goshawk. That or it was shot.

Vinny's picture

I'd say you don't want iSpot...

...but Sherlock Holmes for this one! ;D
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Two possibilities are that it

Two possibilities are that it flew into a branch and broke its neck, or it could have caught its leg in the branch trying to roost.

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It may have been injured earlier -

and died whist roosting.
It could have been shot elsewhere, clipped by a car, been injured in a fight, or succumbed to disease.
Without examining the body, it's difficult to be sure.

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It was still up there

It was still in the tree today 24 hours later. The wings are either side of the branches with the head between the V in the branches. I would have my reservations about the shooting as there are nesting mute swans within 100 meters of the location (line of sight) and those are protected by law. The nearest shooting i know of is at least half a mile away or more judging by what i can hear when at a high spot 30 meters above cliffs and to the south. The only point in favor of shooting is that the head is facing north. Against is that there is woodland above the cliff that it would have stopped in if it had been injured by shot. I have never heard shooting to the north or west in the summer months and have only seen used cartridges in winter in the close area.

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Photo added

I have added an older photo of a live example of the breed i think it is taken close to the location.

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Wind

The wind has finally brought the dried remains down along with a small part of the dead elm tree it was stuck in.

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Went Missing

The live bird image vanished.

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