Yesterday’s mystery bird was a Red Grouse.
And on closer inspection we see all the usual fragments of small pieces of lead (picked out (only some of them) with red arrows)
And here is a second Red Grouse…
And a larger image of part of the carcasse with the lead fragments indicated with red arrows and bone fragments with yellow arrows (and, to reiterate, the difference in brightness between the two types are very obvious on the X-rays, and less obvious in these images).
There are a couple more blogs to follow on this subject today (at 1200 and 1800).
But a few ‘thank you’s at this stage, as this approach was not my idea; it was the idea of someone we will call ‘TB’. And I didn’t do it all on my own, far from it, so Dr Ruth Tingay deserves huge amounts of credit. And the vet who did the X-rays and gave of her expertise certainly wishes to remain anonymous but ‘thank you’ to her too.