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Faeces query badger/bird

Observed: 14th May 2011 By: par324
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

Found on path under trees in country park.Spread over a length of about 50cm. There is a stream nearby. There are Mallard ducks around the area. Dogs are also walked here.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

ktmartin's picture

Unlikely a badger

Badgers tend to dig a shallow pit and deposit their droppings there.There are usually other deposits close by. I'm having trouble working out how big these ones are, but my guess would be ducks or geese.

the naturalist man's picture

Bird guano

Note all the white uric acid in the droppings; these are from a bird, which one? I'd need a scale to work that one out as they have been squashed/disintegrated.

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par324's picture

The overall length covered

The overall length covered by the image is about 0.5m. There are certainly Mallard active in the area.

the naturalist man's picture

Scale

In that case that would make each one around 9cm. Accounting for the spread due to decomposition this could be mallard or possibly goose.

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par324's picture

Possability of geese

I have seen Canada geese in this location in the past but not during the regular visits I have been making this year.