North Wales crime team say birds killed on impact, possibly escaping a predator

More than 200 starlings found dead on a road in Anglesey may have taken “avoiding action”, possibly from a bird of prey, and then failed to pull up in time, say police.

Officers from North Wales police’s rural crime team initially said the deaths were a mystery following the discovery near Llyn Llywenan in Bodedern on December 10. Most of the starlings were found on a 100-metre stretch of the road, with others on a nearby hedgerow, but none in the surrounding fields.

Dead starlings found on the road in Llyn Llywenan, Bodedern, in December may have been trying to evade a bird of prey, say police. Photograph: North Wales Police/PA

Dead starlings found on the road in Llyn Llywenan, Bodedern, in December may have
been trying to evade a bird of prey, say police. Photograph: North Wales Police/PA

Police called in the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency to examine some of the birds, and say initial postmortem results showed they had severe internal trauma from impact.

Read more on this distressing story at the Guardian here


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