Monday, February 18, 2013

Orchard happening

I was also out this morning in a Bolton orchard and indeed it was spectacular. I found the scene below along the edge of a trail that winds through the orchard. The first two pictures comprise the two halves of the area in question (right and left). There were no other tracks leading to or away from this area. The third picture includes my pole for scale.

This is a close up of the upper right corner of the scene (wings)
 This is a close up of the middle of the area. If you look closely you can see several tracks that look more like hawk than owl.


  1. That must have been quite the scuffle. Any idea what the prey may have been?

  2. No fur, feathers, scat, guts, blood or other clues. Something subnivean or perhaps this was not where the prey was actually taken, but only a spot where the raptor struggled to maintain altitude with its load?