Sunday, 18 September 2011

Tracks and Signs (1)

Barn Owl Pellet

On my travels looking at Wildlife I have often collected things like bird feathers and Pellets when I am lucky enough to find one. So it got me thinking that it would be good to introduce a new section on my blog called Tracks and Signs.

The First one is of a Barn Owl Pellet I found in Somerset close to were a pair of Barn Owls roost.

After allowing the pellet to soak for a while I used tweezers to prize away the pellet as it is a mass of fur. Then managed to locate the skulls and bones of what the Owl had digested.
Above is the Skulls and also some of the bones of what I understand is a Vole but this is to be confirmed.

                            The larger skull does look somewhat different to the smaller skull.
In the next Tracks and Signs I will be starting to look at Feathers collected.


  1. So very fascinating! I believe we have a few Barred Owls living on our property but I have never found a pellet before. I will have to keep my eyes open. Looking forward to your upcoming feather post!

  2. Hi Julie,

    Thank you for visiting and the message. This is something I have been interested in for many years. Just find were your Barred Owls roost and the Pellets should be close by. John

    Hi Karen,

    Nice to hear from you. I will be posting a review of a few books on Tracks and Signs in the coming weeks. Gives a great idea of what to look for. John

  3. ...pretty cool, John! My son did this earlier this summer and last summer too. I'll have to have him check out your post. I know he will love it! :-)

  4. Thank you Kelly,

    I have been really interested in looking at Pellets you cab gage just how well our Owls are faring. Just need to find more. John