What species of bird did they belong to, and which species of bird was the likely predator?
They are approx. the size of the head of a pin.
(I tried to put a quarter next to one, but the bug was about the size of George Washington's nose and did not photograph well.)
And yes, they are free to a good home.
I participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count for a couple of hours yesterday. But the birding was sparse but I was with a couple of good friends, so that made up for my numb toes ( which are now thawed).
Others doing the Ramsey Count, which included parts of Allendale, Ramsey, Mahwah, Ringwood, Oakland, Suffern and Greenwood Lake, were far more dedicated.
Rob and Lisa Fanning were in charge. Their report follows, along with the birds that were seen by the many participants.
Tom Mitchell walked around the CF today and was nice enough to share some pix. (This is one of a Red-shoulder pair he saw.)
I did a couple hours on the Christmas bird count in Ramsey this morning. I'm thinking Tom saw more birds at the Celery Farm.
The link to Tom's album is here.
Pete Burger and Marianne Herrmann said Red Fox. It works for me.
Expensive but worth it. You should have seen the size of the bird's bill.
The company whose cooked bird is picture above calls them Tur-Duc-Hen. A little more elegant, spelling-wise.
So that explains it, at least this time of year.
Sounds like a recipe for extinction to me. (Thanks, Joe!)
On my walk around the Celery Farm, I saw tons of these tracks. During Saturday's snow, I also saw one of the track-makers jogging down the path.
What mammal left them?
My latest column for The Record is all about the bad-news combination of Black Bears and Bird Feeders this time of year, and tips from experts on how you can reduce the problem.
The column is online early because of the need to get the word out.
Bears have destroyed several feeders in Allendale alone in the past two weeks.
The link is here.