What did the killing?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by EnglishSpot2003, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. EnglishSpot2003

    EnglishSpot2003 Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    I found a pile of feathers in my yard today, about 2 feet across. There were down feathers and wing/tail feathers. I identified them as a Flicker (wild bird). Now, in order to help protect my ducks and chickens, I'd like to know what killed this bird. We have Great Horned Owls, Red Tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Coopers Hawks, Kestrels. Any idea what would leave a pile of feathers out in the open? Right in the middle of the yard with NO cover whatsoever around it. The only thing left was feathers.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Typical of Cooper's hawks when they killed one of my pigeons.
  3. Swissmiss989

    Swissmiss989 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    In my experance. Birds of pray will eat their kill where it lays but there is usually parts of the birds left. A dog on the other hand will grab the bird rip feathers out and leave nothing but a pile of feathers. With coons, if they are large will only leave feathers and very few pieces of chicken. Hope that helps a little bit.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2012

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