We regularly find headless ring-billed gulls on the Common Tern nesting islands alongside great horned owl feathers. They also sometimes leave the head and wings and just take the bodies.


Mark LaBarr
Conservation Program Manager
Audubon Vermont
255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Attack on a grouse

I heard a long time ago that Great Horned Owls behead their prey.  Since it was probably killed at night, maybe that is your answer.  I do not have any peer reviewed studies to back up my theory, just something I remember hearing long ago.  Evergreen in Jericho