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Monday, December 05, 2011

DAVEY CURTIS: Who killed cock...pheasant.

Dear Jon,

Whilst perambulating over the Northumbrian moors I spotted some critter's lunch.

At first I thought: fox. But would a fox be so clinical in stripping the skeleton? Wild cat or stoat?

Any ideas? sorry the pics are not much cop.

Regards Davey C

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

A fox would eat the bones.

I would say a mustelid did it, but it could be a least weasel, an ermine/stoat/short-tailed weasel (all the same species), a marten, or a mink. Mink normally bite the head off of chickens, though, so my guess is it's amaller mustelids. Martens tend not to be in the same places as pheasants. Pheasants like open land, and martens like to be near trees.

It could be a cat, but cats are generally only interested in the young of gallinaceous birds.