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Woodpigeon head, removed by peregrine

Woodpigeon head, removed by peregrine (Columba palumbus)

  • Gleb Berloff
I have long been reading about mutilated pigeon and plover heads being found beneath the perching points of the falcons in Cambridge, but this was the first time I had actually seen this myself. It was all just another visit to the center to watch peregrines, choosing a time of day with the least people yet still seeing HORDES despite COVID-19. And I stumbled on this pigeon head. It seemed interesting to see, but some other people who saw it did not share my enthusiasm.
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Columba palumbus
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Sony DSC-H400
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Oh dear. I guess they don't need the head for feeding to the young.

It's not a particularly nice sight for us to observe, is it. Though it doesn't affect me so much having seen the heads of 4 feral kittens in my hay loft. Ony one of the kittens from the litter survived, and I ended up with her!

I never did really get to the bottom of what did it though... presumed rats, but never saw any.

Thanks for showing it to us Gleb.

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