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Barn owl wing - but how did it die?

Observed: 24th June 2011 By: LyndaCLyndaC’s reputation in BirdsLyndaC’s reputation in Birds
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This is a bit grisly - for which apologies – but I am intrigued to know how this bird died. Found on Machrie Moor, Isle of Arran. (A good distance from a road, so definitely not a car.) No sign of rest of carcass. This piece includes some bone and foot, as you can see from the photo, not just feathers. What could have done this?

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Blewit Boy's picture

A fox...............

A fox predated it I suppose.


Carstairs's picture


Last winter was bad for barn owls, it may have died then.

Syrphus's picture

Barn Owls are very vulnerable

Barn Owls are very vulnerable to cold winters, but of course every one of them dies somewhere sometime! That applies especially to young birds.

We will never know what killed this owl, but once dead it may have been scavenged by a dog/fox/crow, or just been dealt with by the thousands of invertebrates that do this sort of thing for a living.



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LyndaC's picture

Thanks everyone.

I hadn't thought of these scenarios. (And yes, I gather Arran did have a hard winter.)