Police suspect the buzzard and red kites were victims of criminal activity
POLICE are investigating the deaths of birds of prey after six bodies were found over the last week.
Five red kites and a buzzard were found at various locations in Conon Bridge and Muir of Ord and officers suspect they were unlawfully killed.
Enquiries are being carried out into the deaths, which were reported between the 17th and 24th March.
DI Scott McDonald, who is leading the investigation, said at this time it was unclear as to what caused the deaths.
"Given all the circumstances and the close proximity of them being found we must assume at this stage some form of criminality," he added.
"I would ask anyone who has been working on the land or using the area for recreational purposes to contact us if they have seen anything suspicious that may be linked to this incident."
If anyone finds any further dead birds in the area they are asked to make a note of its location and inform the police and not to touch or attempt to recover any dead bird.
Anyone who has any information about the incident can contact Police on 101.