Axmouth dead birds

(In reply to the post below.) As many are experiencing in the field, larger numbers of dead birds are being found recently, following the poor weather conditions. Having died of natural causes, the heads are often of interest to skull collectors who are perfectly within their rights to further their collections and knowledge. Such collections will ultimately end up adding to natural history collections and in the meantime are put to excellent use in identifying mystery skulls the public may find. Some of the best young naturalists I know are building perfectly-catalogued collections and have huge passion for the birds they're studying.

When a ringed bird is found on the strandline, similarly the ring is often retrieved by cutting through the tarsus or tibia, again perfectly legal when performed on a naturally dead bird. I can't speak for certainty on the Axmouth birds, but I hazard a guess these birds were ringed birds, whose rings were removed as well as the heads for skull collections.

While I agree the remains should be left available to scavengers, I'd personally prefer if collectors would leave remains in more natural layout in secluded places as opposed to unnatural rows in public places.

Posted March 29th, 2018 at 10:32 pm by Lowell Mills in Other Wildlife