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Old Thursday 20th December 2018, 20:49   #1
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What's with all the feathers?

This morning,when I went to fill my feeders, I noticed a bunch of feathers under a pine tree. It looks like something may have killed a bird, but there is no evidence, just feathers. Later I noticed the same scene under another pine tree about 20 feet away. I live in northern NJ in a pretty wooded area and I am wondering if anyone can shed some light as to what might have happened? As long as I"ve been feeding wild birds (about 26 years) I have never seen anything like this! I presume it is from mourning doves, as they usually roost in the pines around my house.

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Hi again suzka.

As you'd already said Hello, I've moved this post to the Information Wanted forum, which would be better suited to your question, I think.

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Sounds as though a Bird of Prey snatched the bird and moved on with it to finish stripping it before eating it or carrying it away.
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Sounds like the remains of a hawk kill, Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s perhaps. In a common scenari, the kill is made on or near the ground where it’s partly or wholly plucked before being carried off into a tree or other high perch and eaten.

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Oops, see that KC’s beaten me to the punch on this one. . ..
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Try looking for any stray animal in the area, that is feeding on these birds. This could be the work of a cat or any other wild animal. Also, check for the presence of any predatory bird in the woods.
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