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« on: 08-Jul-18, 01:08:12 pm »

We woke to this in the back yard this morning.  It had to be one of our large doves.  The workings of a bird of prey or a ground-based hunter?

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« Reply #1 on: 08-Jul-18, 04:13:29 pm »

Don't know if this will help, but the raptors in my yard (mostly red-tail hawks and kestrels) immediately pluck only the longest feathers from the prey and fly off with the rest of it.  Your pile looks like it was completely de-feathered right there where it was killed. If I had to guess, I'd suspect a 4-legged predator like a cat.

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« Reply #2 on: 08-Jul-18, 08:25:31 pm »

We’ve had piles of feathers like that when Cooper’s Hawks get one of the Mourning Doves at our backyard feeder.

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