30 October 2009 – no casualties

I did find raccoon prints on the west side of the building this morning. After ~ 2″ of rain yesterday, there’s more soft mud around than usual. This is the first I’ve found evidence of potential mammalian scavengers at the NRC. The bedraggled Lincoln’s Sparrow carcass from a few days ago is still there, however, as are continued remnants of a Grasshopper Sparrow, Gray Catbird, and Mourning Dove that have been there for weeks. So presence of scavengers does not necessarily equate to a high scavenger removal rate.