Pondlifer's picture

Somebody's Supper

Observed: 28th February 2013 By: Pondlifer

This was on our front step at 8.30 in the morning. The head and wings of a sparrow? and a vole which appeared untouched. Dropped from the guttering above? Owl or Kestrel?

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dennis trunecka's picture

Killer cat?

Do you or your neighbours have a pet cat?
Cats seem to kill more small creatures than anything in my area!

trevindevon's picture


Looks like a feline predator.

bobthebirder's picture


The wing shows long axilliary feathers - where the wing would have joined the body. This strongly suggests a lark or pipit. The abundance of white feathers leads me to suspect it was a skylark. But the blue-black feather is a mystery - perhaps from a different bird, a blackbird perhaps.

Definitely looks like the work of a cat, wild predators rarely waste this much meat.

Bob Ford

bobthebirder's picture


I'm thinking now that pied wagtail is a possibility, especially if that's part of the bird's head above the left-hand wing.

Bob Ford

ophrys's picture


The glossy blue-black flight feathers remind me of Bullfinch...but one of those where we shall never know for sure.

I would change the sighting to mammals, as cat is almost certainly right, surely.


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ktmartin's picture

Check the feathers

Have a look at the end of the feathers, have they been plucked out of the victim ( bird of prey) or have they been bitten off (mammal predator)? I think it looks very much like cat kills though.

lordro's picture

Cat kills.

Anyone who has ever kept a cat (I hold up my hand here) will be used to left-overs by the door step. Maybe truly wild predators don't care to settle to eat so close to human dwellings.

ChrisAdams's picture

Not a bird of prey

Simply from the lack of blood I'd say not a bird of prey as they tend to pluck before they eat (or during eating) not afterwards. This looks looks like an already well-fed domestic cat 'play' to me.


the naturalist man's picture


The vole looks to be a field vole based on the white/light grey underbelly; bank voles are more creamy.

I agree with this being a cat, wild animals, foxes, stoats etc. do bite MOST feathers off but cats play with their catches and regularly bite and pluck as the whim takes them.

Graham Banwell

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