Steve Smith, who lives here at Round Mountain, saw a dead GBH right
next to Lake Pennyroyal a few days ago. He said one leg had been
pulled out of its socket. It was somewhat bloody around the socket
but otherwise didn't appear chewed on or otherwise marked by teeth. I
don't think he studied it extremely closely, however. My theory is
that a fairly large predator got hold of the foot and when the bird
wrenched itself away the shoulder got dislocated.
When Steve went back a day or so later there was no sign of it. I
asked about drag marks and he didn't remember seeing any. The carcass
is probably not too far off but I haven't had time to look.
I am sad about it. We seemed to have a resident egret and heron who
hobnobbed together a bit. It will be interesting to see if we
continue to see herons here or if that was the only one.
I saw a Sage Sparrow up on Cow Mountain the other day. Also saw a