This morning when I went to get the dog to come in he had something I thought might be a duck in his mouth..
I didn't want him to have it so I went to get it away from him.
There was no sign of trauma or injury. It may have died of a disease.
Here is the head with a red eye showing. Sorry it is dead, but I think it must have died of natural causes since we are enclosed in a privacy fence and the dogs don't usually bother birds in the yard.
Edited to add that it was a large bird and I thought it may be a crow, but I have never observed a crow this close to know for sure.
I didn't think it would be a water bird because it didn't have the webbed feet. I hope Petey is alright having had it in his mouth.
My husband and I washed our hands well after removing it to the trash. I wish I could wash Petey's mouth, it would serve him right for mouthing it.
We do live near a creek with fish in it, so that is probably where it came from.