Then I find the dead Blue Jay in a chair on my porch. Coincidence? Could be... but just kind of weird.
The plate might be removed from the crate, and no where to be found, or I would find it some distance in the woods, but always.... it would be completely clean with possibly a little oily residue. No bite marks, or scratches, but looking like it was licked clean.
I won't hold my breath....