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Bird pellet

Observed: 11th August 2011 By: madjanevmadjanev’s reputation in Birdsmadjanev’s reputation in Birds
Bird pellet
Description:
Identifications
  •  
    Likely ID
    Bird pellet
    Confidence: It might be this.
    ID agreements (): 1 Person
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
      Birds expert
  • Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

Moved the link

This is the link again. Hopefully you can click on it from here:-
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/198317?nav=users_observations

madjanev's picture

Pellet or dropping?

Thanks - I agree that it looks very similar, but I'm pretty certain that they weren't droppings - there was no appreciable smell, and the pellets were quite light and fragile. They were also deposited below 2 quite prominent perches. More research needed I think!

anonymous spotter's picture

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(observation removed by user)

madjanev's picture

Crow or raven pellet

I've just asked over on http://www.birdforum.net/, and the general consensus of opinion is that it is probably a corvid pellet - I think most likely raven from the size.

the naturalist man's picture

Arkived have you got the

Arkived have you got the right link for the other observation, it seems to be a dead link?

I think you are right, madjanev, this looks to be a corvid pellet. However, the large amount of invertebrate matter strongly suggests rook whose pellets are up to 7cm long. I wouldn't expect a raven to eat so many beetles, there would be far more fur and bones.

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