Paul A. Johnsgsrd's North American Owls states that screech owls will eat pigeons. Since the deceased bird showed no signs of trauma one wonders if poison could have come into play. Or perhaps a collision.
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On Jan 27, 2011, at 4:02 PM, MARIE HEMEON <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I would say it sounds more like a mammal of some sort killing the Pigeons and then also getting the Screech Owl.
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> From: Jeremy Smalley<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Screech owl in Brandon
> For a few weeks my dad has been finding dead pigeons on hay bales in our barn. It was obvious that something had been enjoying a good meal. Yesterday we found a dead screech owl in the basement (and a few pigeon scraps). Has anyone heard of screech owls eating pigeons?
> Natalia Smalley