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#1 Mooch.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:54 pm

The victim: a first year hen pheasant.
In an open area.
The body was still warm.
Another, clean, pheasant carcass lay nearby.
No sign of the murderer.

Who dunnit?

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:58 pm

an idiot with a dog lol

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:59 pm

dog did it with candlestick in the dining room lol
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:00 pm

I am only guessing, but with the feathers the way they are and the breast attacked first, some form of birrrrd. Hard to tell off the picture but it does look like it has been started on, and not just ragged about.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:03 pm

My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:05 pm

My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:29 pm

pluck it, there will be more evidence that you might have missed

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:24 pm


My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right

I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:26 pm



My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right

I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year

Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:37 pm




My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... :hmm:

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:02 am





My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Got a Sparrowhawk taking them now. Doing exact same thing as looks like in the pic, dropping on them, keeping hold and starting eating from the rear while they're still alive :thumbs:

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:08 am






My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Got a Sparrowhawk taking them now. Doing exact same thing as looks like in the pic, dropping on them, keeping hold and starting eating from the rear while they're still alive http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
well mate if your seeing it then I won't disagree but you must be the unluckiest keeper 'in' the world that gets full grown birds taken by a spar.....:-(

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:12 am







My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Got a Sparrowhawk taking them now. Doing exact same thing as looks like in the pic, dropping on them, keeping hold and starting eating from the rear while they're still alive http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
well mate if your seeing it then I won't disagree but you must be the unluckiest keeper 'in' the world that gets full grown birds taken by a spar.....:-(


I can well believe it mate these fen x things I have this year are tiny the hens don't go much more than a pound a bloody musket could take them :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:33 am







My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Got a Sparrowhawk taking them now. Doing exact same thing as looks like in the pic, dropping on them, keeping hold and starting eating from the rear while they're still alive http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
well mate if your seeing it then I won't disagree but you must be the unluckiest keeper 'in' the world that gets full grown birds taken by a spar.....:-(
I don't think it's that common for Sparrowhawks to kill mature Pheasants, but this isn't the first time it's happened, and once one gets the hang of it, well that's it :( . Once it gets to this time of year all the kills have been the smaller Hens.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:01 pm








My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk

yes your probably right
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Got a Sparrowhawk taking them now. Doing exact same thing as looks like in the pic, dropping on them, keeping hold and starting eating from the rear while they're still alive http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
well mate if your seeing it then I won't disagree but you must be the unluckiest keeper 'in' the world that gets full grown birds taken by a spar.....:-(
I don't think it's that common for Sparrowhawks to kill mature Pheasants, but this isn't the first time it's happened, and once one gets the hang of it, well that's it http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... . Once it gets to this time of year all the kills have been the smaller Hens.
I don't see how they manage to "get the hang off it"???... You hear me dan?.... Lol


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