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‘Macabre’ discovery as severed pigeon head falls at man’s feet outside city museum

A man was “spooked” when a severed pigeon’s head fell to the ground right in front of him from a see..

By admin , in Cambridge , at March 17, 2018

A man was “spooked” when a severed pigeon’s head fell to the ground right in front of him from a seemingly empty sky as he left a well-known city museum.

The man was reportedly leaving the Fitzwilliam Museum in Trumptington Street when the grizzly find dropped at his feet. The head had apparently fallen out of a clear blue sky.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.

But it seems there may be a rational explanation for the macabre incident. Local bird and wildlife expert John E Walsh took to Twitter to explain the situation.

“So, a colleague got a bit spooked after leaving the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge earlier today,” he tweeted. “A pigeon's head fell from the sky right in front of him!

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“I told him I suspect one of the city's (now resident) Peregrine Falcons was responsible!”

'Circle of life….just a shocker'

Cambridge has been a haven for the birds of prey for years and has become home to a resident pair of falcons who can often be seen in the vicinity of Trumpington Street and along King’s Parade.

According to the RSPB: “The peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail.

"It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black 'moustache' that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely barred. It is swift and agile in flight, chasing prey.”

The falcons have been spotted hunting for pigeons in the city centre before. They usually prefer rocky coastal cliffs, but seem just as happy swooping through the stone edifices of college and city buildings.

Mr Walsh continued: “I think most people would be a bit alarmed! Especially if you then looked up and saw nothing around that could help explain it!”

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Fitzwilliam Museum

Twitter user “Abernathy” added: “Wow! I'd be a bit startled too if it started raining pigeon heads….circle of life….just a shocker.”

Andy Symes tweeted: “Wow! Very macabre… Here's one of the Peregrines enjoying a pigeon lunch just down the road from the museum yesterday.”