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Crime Scene

Observed: 8th April 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Black Headed Gull, Sparrowhawk victim no 1, Grafham, 2013-04-07 001
Black Headed Gull, Sparrowhawk victim no 2, Grafham, 2013-04-07 002
Description:

These two black-headed gulls have got the chop within 25 yards of each other. The scattering of feathers suggest a violent death. I suspect a sparrowhawk, seen on the same day, is the culprit.
I haven't seen two corpses so close together very often, which led me to wonder if black-headed gulls might not be very tasty.

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Ray Turner's picture

Silver Lining

I had a similar splash of feathers on the lawn last week (though lacking corpse) also probably from a Sparrowhawk strike; I then spent a lovely couple of days watching a pair of Long-tailed Tits and later a Goldfinch cleaning up till not a single feather was left. Sadly both birds are nesting several doors down so I won’t be able to monitor them.

Ray

Ray

chrisbrooks's picture

BHG

Looking at the leg colour in image 1 I think you are right. Can't decide on image 2.