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Can you read this story in the snow? Hint: it took place at night on the coast of Maine. All guesses can be made under “comments” on Naturally Curious blog page. (Photo by Sally Grassi)

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34 responses

  1. A rock dove taken out by a Cooper’s or Sharp Shinned Hawk?

    February 16, 2015 at 8:59 am

  2. Phyllis Sise

    Re: mystery photo, It must have been a fox that got a turkey. Thank you for all your teachings.

    February 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

  3. Suzanne Buell

    If it was at night, the attack was by an owl, I would guess. Feathered prey at night? I have no guess.

    February 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

  4. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… The wing imprints in the snow appear wide, therefore my best guess is a red tailed hawk with a smaller raptor as it’s prey, possibly a small owl?
    The trail in the background leading to the kill site is interesting, possibly the preyed upon bird was vole hunting?

    February 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

  5. Nick Krembs

    2 grouse taken in their snow caves/beds by an owl.

    February 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

  6. Nicole Cormen

    Looks like a seagull taken out by ??? I’m guessing coyote but can’t make out enough of the predator’s trail/tracks.

    Hope you’re staying warm!



    February 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

  7. Edith Posselt

    A kill of a duck or other duck sized bird, sea gull, by a snowy owl or eagle from above?

    Sent from my iPad


    February 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

  8. Seagull taken by an eagle?

    February 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

  9. Jennifer Waite

    The demise of a seagull? via a coyote?

    February 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

  10. Young turkey taken by…? fox or coyote?

    February 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

  11. I’m guessing a gull taken by a Snowy Owl, judging by the large wing prints.

    February 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

    • Bridgit Litchfield

      I agree with Cynthia!

      February 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

  12. I’m guessing an eagle took a seagull right out of the air.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

  13. i

    I agree with Snowy Owl.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

  14. Jeffrey Mazur

    An eagle eating a sea gull?

    Sent from my iPhone, please ignore any typos and or strange auto corrections 🙂

    February 16, 2015 at 10:23 am

  15. laure

    someone certainly came to a sad end – that large red,orange foot is
    a key but I couldn’t venture a guess. as to what bird. These every day
    emails are SO wonderful – thank you Mary. Laura Luckey

    February 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

  16. Louise

    A snowy owl taking a gull for dinner. Can’t wait to receive your books and share them with my kindergartners!

    February 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

  17. molli

    A fine example of minding your own business when out of the blue comes the unexpected. Moral: never wear read stockings in the winter.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

  18. Linde McNamara

    Some type of sea bird eaten by a hawk??? Linde

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    February 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

  19. david putnam

    A owl whacked a sea bird and a weasel got into the leftovers.

    February 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

  20. Kathie Fiveash

    I think it is a black guillemot in winter plumage scooped from the sea by an eagle, who flew with it to land and was surprised while eating it by a coyote or other large mammalian predator.

    February 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

  21. An owl or raptor on the hunt, based on the imprint in the snow.

    February 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  22. H Woolever


    February 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm

  23. I’d guess an owl and some hapless bird victim – red foot /leg doesn’t appear to be webbed, so I’m stumped.

    February 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

  24. Mimsy

    Such strong broad wing prints! I’ll guess a Great Horned who snatched up a half-asleep gull and finished it off in the snowy flat. With some difficulty, but definite success!

    February 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm

  25. judilindsey

    A snowy owl attack? Judi 🙂

    February 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

  26. Michele

    Looks like someone’s chicken was taken by a predator.

    Sent from my iPhone


    February 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

  27. Brenda Sloane

    A red-tailed hawk kill!

    February 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm

  28. Jean Harrison

    Nighttime and looks like prey has a talon. Great Horned Owl took down a Barred Owl?

    February 17, 2015 at 1:52 am

  29. Suzanne

    Snowy or Great horned owl gets roosting bird (assuming trees/bushes nearby our of camera view) – the prey big enough to put up a good fight. Or – prey might be a puffin? That’s going out on a limb (well, out on a rock I guess). I can’t see enough about the feet to see if they’re webbed.

    February 17, 2015 at 7:04 am

  30. Bill & Cathy Emmons

    It this unfortunate creature a pigeon ? Bill

    February 17, 2015 at 9:28 am

  31. Shirley Weinberg

    A big bird got killed. That’s all Ii’m going to guess on this one !

    February 17, 2015 at 9:48 am

  32. Osprey got or a small pheasant.The featherless long legs puzzle me. Seen them but coming u[p blank. If it was in the woods I would say goshawk. Might be a chicken victim come to think of it.

    February 18, 2015 at 7:24 am

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