Help! Need a Bird Forensic Scientist
Hi, folks! I already posted this in the bird-watching forum, but thought I would do so here as well. I know a lot of us also are wild bird friends, so maybe you would have some insight.
As you know, I'm in northern DE, living in a pretty standard suburban plot. I've been feeding the wild birds for years (finches, sparrows, cardinals, mourning doves). The yard is totally fenced in with stockade, so critters have been limited to bunnies, a ground hog, and a couple black snakes. I do have a pond stocked with goldfish which an egret visits from time to time.
Over the last two days I have found three dead birds in the yard. Small birds--two sparrows and finch. All were found in a pile of feathers, head missing and disemboweled. The rest of the carcass is intact.
What is happening here? This couldn't be a snake, right? It would eat the entire bird. These are not babies, either.
Now...I should mention that I did see a large bird in the trees yesterday and my first guess at ID was a hawk. Never saw one here before. Could this be the culprit? Does it sound like hawk MO?