Whodunnit? A birding mystery

A quick and slightly gruesome post now. At Scarborough we found the remains of a bird that had been predated. There were few bones, no body, just a pile of feathers and a couple of other clues. Interested? Then enter the post to see the evidence…

So, the question is, what leaves nothing bar a pile of feathers? Fox? Bird of Prey? Gull? Something else?

Also, what is the identity of the deceased? To help you out, here are a couple of photos of feathers, each about 20cm long and a foot!

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll post the answer in a couple of days.

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12 Responses to Whodunnit? A birding mystery

  1. I’m guessing a black headed gull was the victim. Predated by some sort of bird of prey?

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  3. David C says:

    From Amy Schwartz via Twitter: Shelduck

  4. David C says:

    From Matt Schwartz via Facebook: “Herring Gull?”

  5. Med Gull. The foot looks pretty big!

  6. David C says:

    From Facebook:
    Chris Fairchild asked “How red is the foot? Could be Black-headed, although it looks bigger”
    DC: “It’s pretty red”
    Chris: “I’d go with BHG then”

  7. David C says:

    From Facebook:
    Jim Hockaday: “It was colonel mustard, in the library, with the candlestick”

  8. David C says:

    From Facebook:
    Julia Saunders: “Black headed gull, left wing feather”

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