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By Treshnish

Jawbone

Judging by the dark colour of the rotting pelt, this is a Mink jawbone.  Apparently they are here on the island because they were released in to the wild after a mink farming enterprise went bust.   40 years later, and they are a real problem for ground nesting birds. 

Yesterday afternoon S found the remains of a Barn owl which we presume had been predated upon by a bird of prey - perhaps Peregrine or a White tailed eagle.   A very sad discovery, particularly as we had been seeing Barn owls round the Barn owl nesting box and were hoping...

D came over and helped S put the last lot of ewes through the fank - and they are now back out on the hill. 

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