A few days ago I noticed what looked like the body of a deer-sized animal just outside Ascot station, beside the line to Guildford and I feared that the deer I had occasionally seen over the past few months had been killed. Well, I needn't have worried for, this morning, the doe was in its usual place but this time two large, healthy looking fawns. Come to think of it, what I thought might have been a body has too much white fur, and anyhow it looked too old and well-decayed to have been killed just a week or so ago.
Today I got a better look at the white animal body by the railway track at Ascot. It has feathers; it is a dead swan; come to think of it I seem to remember seeing a swan near there (on the other side of the track) a few weeks ago. It was probably either hit by a train or else electrocuted by the live rail (the trains on that line are supplied electricity through a third rail rather than overhead lines).