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Hedgehog scat?

Observed: 6th September 2013 By: JuleyMJuleyM’s reputation in Mammals
Hedgehog scat
Description:

Approx. 4cm long. Was more compact, but was fresh and covered in dew when I stepped on it and squashed it a bit flat and tapered end broke off. Seemed fairly odourless at first but after a day on my desk wrapped in plastic is smelling slightly sweet. There is evidence of berry seeds (blackberries I think - hence pinkish hue) and invertebrates which made me think hedgehog (also have seen hedgehogs in this location in previous years). Looks paler in colour than I would expect a hedgehog scat to look like so I'm not sure?

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Mydaea's picture

A bird pellet, perhaps.

A bird pellet, perhaps.

JuleyM's picture

Hedgehog scat?

Any idea what sort of bird might leave a pellet like this?

Mydaea's picture

Many birds (robins upwards)

Many birds (robins upwards) produce pellets. At this size maybe jackdaw-sized, but you will never know for sure what produced it.

madjanev's picture

Bird pellet

Hi there, I'd go with bird pellet too - I've seen some whoppers in Scotland, which I assume were raven pellets. I've dissected 2 now - one had the remains of a field vole (bits, not a whole one) together with seeds, and berry remains. The other had no mammal content, and was mainly seeds - at least 3 different types, together with a couple of violet ground beetles, and a bit of dor beetle. If you've still got it, it might be worth having a look - just add a bit of water, and tease the pellet gently apart. Fascinating stuff - and I certainly agree with your comments about the smell - all the ones I've seen so far have had a pleasant fruity smell. Here's a link to one I found:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/205479