The biggest piece was about 4cm long. Shiny, fairly fresh-looking, but with no discernible smell. Found at the edge of the road.
No interactions present.
My gut (sorry for the pun) feeling is this is domestic cat. Were there any houses nearby? It's the compactness or dense appearance, shiny outside, size and general look of them that makes me think cat. They are, I'm sure from a mammalian carnivore rather than bird pellets because the dense appearance is due to undigested meat products, you don't get this in pellets because of the way they are produced.
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Thanks Graham for that. Yes, there were houses not very far away - certainly within cat distance. It never occurred to me that it could be a cat since they usually like to use earth or something similar.
Farm cats and ferral cats especially will mark territory with their droppings in the same way as wild ones. Therefore, they can be found in all sorts of places. Though, as you say pampered pet cats do tend to go on loose soil.
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