A juvenile starling dead on the roadside this morning. From the yellow sides of the beak, it looks to have just left the nest.
This road kill has me a bit puzzled. The dark flecks in the brown fur seem to rule our a hare, it seems too big for a stoat, and the only other obvious option is a ginger house cat.
I'd appreciate your thoughts.
DOR young adult male on Hwy 16: 0.6 mi S of FM 624. GTS 1267. UTA-R 60261. Heavy truck traffic at time of observation and collection.
DOR young adult male. Imaged only. GTS 1003. First black ratsnake from this area in 30+ years of monitoring populations. Uncommon in Dutchess County in areas to the east (T/Dover) and to the west (T/Clinton and Hyde Park). This is the first specimen from in-between those better known populations that I am aware of.
DOR large juvenile (complete color change had occurred, except upper labial scales) on Wurtemburg Road, SE of Rhinebeck. GTS 830. TNHC 85124.