Niki at work just called me over to her cubey window again, but this time it wasn't to see a beautiful Cooper's hawk.
No, this time I zipped over to her cubey and looked out the window, only to see a gigantic American crow
No, not THIS Starling:
Wow. Niki said the little bird was a window-strike victim, only a few minutes ago. The crow appeared out of nowhere and started feasting on what was probably still a warm body (eewwww)!
Wish I could tell you that I had my camera, but I don't. However, I have to describe what happened.
I watched as the crow pecked and pecked at the neck and shoulder area of the bird. "Why is he doing that?" I asked myself.
Then the starling's head came off.
*gulp* That's why.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the crow then proceeded to eat the head! He pecked at its little skinny bird neck/spine and finally, after pretty much finishing all the --ahem-- meat off, the crow
Yes--you read that right: beak and all! He just picked up the skull and beak, tipped his head back, and down it went! Holy crap! Will he upchuck a little pellet later?
So I watched a while longer as the crow went back to the body and proceeded to peck at the open wound where the head used to be. A breast man, I guess. I'll say one thing for him: he didn't waste a morsel. He would pluck off some skin, kinda shake off the feathers, and then eat the skin.
Wow. I've never seen anything like that.
I need to go back and see if he'll eat (oh god) the feet too.