Owl pellet composition



      I've just carried a not very scientific analysis of one of the owl pellets that I posted about some weeks ago. Not very scientific because I was in too much of a hurry to see what was in there so I didn't soak the pellet first to float out all the fur and hopefully leave the bones behind, this analysis was more of a fortune cookie approach. Break the pellet into into three pieces and start pulling to separate the bones.
       There were countless tiny rib bones, leg bones, bones that were thinner than a hair and what appeared to six skulls in there and they were all amazingly tightly packed together. Owls obviously waste next to nothing of their intake with just the fur and bones of their prey being ejected from the front end and whitewash at the other.
       The crude analysis does show that there is a good population of voles and shrews out there as owl food.




Comments

Bureboyblog said…
I've missed your pellet disections
A lot of people say that...