Name: Kathleen J.
Chatter at the lunch table brought us to a question that
none of us knew. We live and work in an old community with large trees
and lots of birds. And yet none of us can remember ever seeing a bird
(sparrow, chickadee)dead in our yard that was not obviously a cat or
other animal attack or something of that nature. For all of the birds
that we have around us...we have no idea where they go to die. Do they
seek harbor when they are old and/or sick? What happens to them?
Probably very few birds die of old age, or even of illness, when they become
weak from either they become easy prey for predators and scavengers. Even if
a bird does die of age or illness it would probably be hiding somewhere
before it died, if possible, and would quickly be picked up by a scavenger.
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Update: June 2012