kenidjack's picture

Remnants of feeding activity?

Observed: 19th February 2012 By: kenidjack

Seen on some low branches (50cm from ground) of grey willow overhanding bank of a clay-pit pond near St.Just, Cornwall. Pond has little grebe and moorhen during breeding season, but these do not seem to over-winter. Stoats, fox and barn owl have been seen in the same location.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts


hfraser02026's picture

the fur looks like rabbit?

the fur looks like rabbit? Perhaps it is a fox

kenidjack's picture

fur on branch

Thanks, I agree - and foxes regularly prowl the bank. Wondering whether this is a signature feeding sign of this or perhaps another mammal...

the naturalist man's picture


This is not fur it's the downy feathers of a bird, if you blow up the first picture especially you can see the quills and also see they have been plucked not bitten. This suggests this is the plucking post of a bird of prey and the most likely is a sparrowhawk.

Graham Banwell

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