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From: Sylvia Lovelady
Cleveland, OH
Last week I found 11 dead sparow. Today I found 4 I noticed the heads was was gone on all 4 of the birds. I feed the birds in the front yard the same food in the back. but i have not found any dead birds in the front.Only in the back yard .Why are the birds dying ?

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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
Is there more vegetation in the backyard than in the front yard? Cats often remove the heads of birds. And cats will also use the cover of a bush or other vegetation near bird feeders in order to get close enough to catch the birds.

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