Sparrowhawk Update

It’s a little off-topic, having nothing to do with parenting or Asperger’s Syndrome, but I thought I’d update you on the deceased sparrowhawk mentioned in the previous post (Clean Hands and Dead Birds).

I got in touch with the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme, who are sending me a box to forward it to them as they collect dead birds of prey. Not for nefarious purposes, mind – they autopsy them, take samples of various organs such as the liver (presumably with some fava beans and a nice Chianti), and test them for levels of toxins and pesticides to record long-term trends in avian populations.

So Jack Sparrowhawk is currently in my freezer.

Afterwards, they’ll send me an autopsy report, about which I’m a little concerned – if the cause of death is listed as exposure to extreme cold then my life-detection skills suck!

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