Yesterday I headed out to listen for woodcock. On my way, I encountered a small pile of turkey tail feathers.
|Wild turkey feather puddle (Seneca Falls, NY 4/11)|
|Large feather puddle from wild turkey (Seneca Falls, NY 4/11)|
So we know the identity of the victim. But whodunit? We have a few clues. Well, the best I can say is a mammal. It would take one heck of a big bird to kill a turkey and although we do have eagles in the area, the are not really likely to kill a turkey. In addition, some of the feathers show signs of having been sheared off rather than just plucked. That action happens when a mammal like a fox or coyote grabs the feathers with its cheek teeth and yanks. Look in the photo below for the difference between feathers that have been pulled out and have a complete vane and those that have been cut and show a nice flat end.
|Wild turkey killed by a mammal (Seneca Falls, NY 4/11)|