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10 August, 2005

Sticky mess

Has anyone else noticed that this has been an extraordinarily bad year for roadkills?  I don't think I've seen so many smears of fur at the roadside as I have within the last couple of months.  Most corpses have been rabbits, as one would expect, but the wide variety has included sparrows and other small birds, which usually tend not to be hit.

I've also been noticing more raptors than usual, primarily kestrels and buzzards, which hints at one possible cause: if this has been a good year for the survival of young animals, and populations have increased, that'd mean more to die on roads and to support larger populations of predators.

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