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Faeces on dry stone wall

Observed: 15th November 2011 By: nikkidevnikkidev’s reputation in Mammalsnikkidev’s reputation in Mammals
Faeces
Faeces on wall
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Fenwickfield's picture

Maybe

I think it is more likely to be a pellet from an owl as I can see some wing cases,but there also seems to be seed's so not 100% sure who's pellet it is.If your really interested you should collect it and wash them through a sieve and then see what's in it small bones ect ,this then help's to give a an identification of whose it is,plus measurements and any smell.

Fenwickfield

nikkidev's picture

Extra details

The 'seeds' appeared to be bullace/plum stones and the lump of faeces was about 7 cm long. I've seen similar in the past near a badger's sett.

Fenwickfield's picture

Could be

It could be badger,they would eat plums and insects,maybe worth seeing if yo can spot there run any hair footprints ect.

Fenwickfield

the naturalist man's picture

Badger

It does look like badger and it is in a typical place. If it is then you'll find more along a line as they use latrines to mark their territory. Look for badger runs leading to the spot. Also examine the wall adjacent to the latrine for scratch marks. I know badger runs which cross 6ft dry stone walls even though they could go a few feet to the left and through a gateway - the badgers have gone that way long before the wall was built and they are not going to let a 'new' (at least 200 years old) wall get in their way!

Graham Banwell

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nikkidev's picture

Further faeces

There were a few more at intervals on the wall and also one on the wall on the opposite side of the road further down. I didn't check for scratch marks though.

Fenwickfield's picture

identification

It may be worth putting Badger on as an identification then when other examples come on we will be able to view this one what about a likely but not certain.

Fenwickfield

the naturalist man's picture

Badger

I agree, add an identification of likely badger please.

Graham Banwell

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