I have been doing some long overdue pruning in our garden and now have a 4 foot high mountain of stuff to get rid of. I say pruning because if it is done properly the plants get healthier, ours might not survive. I did wonder if any animals would hide in the mountain but I was a little surprised to see a black and red patch on the top of it today. It didn’t look like vegetation so I went and had a closer look. It turned out to be a rather bloody Blackbird corpse. I left it there and was rewarded within minutes with a Sparrowhawk coming in to feed.
In one of the photos you can see the bird’s nictitating membrane across its eye. As usual you can click on an image to see it in its gallery and on a computer screen it should be better quality.