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When Rich and I were at Montrose last Saturday there was a dead Ring-billed Gull and a Sanderling that died before we left the area. Is this amount of dying birds the usual?Marion
Marion,For some reason, Montrose is an attraction to dieing birds. The first couple that come to mind are Parasitic Jaeger and Black-Legged Kittiwake. Also, there was a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper that was injured that probably wound up as food for the Peregrine, but it wasn't confirmed.
It turns out that it is the first specimen at the Field from Illinois, the first tissue sample in the collection, and the first Willet specimen added to the collection since 1988. The bird was thin, but not quite emaciated, and it did have a little fat, though not nearly as much as a migrating shorebird should have. Josh
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