Yesterday I posted this picture and asked people what they thought this used to be.
Quite a few people went for birds of prey, based I expect on the hooked tip of the beak. It’s a decent shout. But it’s also quite a long beak, and if you look at the skull of buzzards, sparrowhawks etc the bill is hooked, but shorter and almost a little stubby.
So we’re on a bird that’s about half a metre long with a wingspan of about three-quarters of a metre.
The feathers rule out things like crows, and the bill rules out pigeons. Brown and yellow striped flight feathers.
It’s the remains of a female pheasant.
Congratulations to Amy Schwartz who nailed the ID within about five minutes of my posting it, and commiserations to the rest of you.