A "celebrity" bird of prey has fallen victim, at least indirectly, to the heavy snowfall in Nova Scotia.
David Currie, an avid birder in Dartmouth, says a rare Eurasian kestrel was found killed by a hungry and larger hawk on Friday at Hartlen Point in Eastern Passage.
He says hawks would normally feed on mice, but with a relentless winter blanketing the province with heavy ice and snow, it's made it tough on wildlife to find food.
The Eurasian kestrel was first spotted in Eastern Passage in November and since then local birders have been treated to regular sightings. It's only the second time that type of bird was found in Nova Scotia, Currie says, calling it a local "celebrity" and tourist attraction.
"It's provided a tremendous amount of enjoyment to birders coming from all across Canada and the U.S. We're all saddened because it's been such a fun thing to do to share this experience with other people," said Currie.
He says over the last few months, everyone from the commissionaires at the Hartlen Point golf course to neighbourhood residents took ownership of the bird.
Currie says the feathers have been gathered for testing to determine where the kestrel originally came from.