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There's been a murrrrrrda!

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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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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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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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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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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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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:

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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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:

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:

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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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:

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:

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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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:

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:

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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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:

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:

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.

I don't see how they manage to "get the hang off it"???... You hear me dan?.... Lol

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