Yep, that’s what that is. Only the technical term is “pellet”. I’m not sure that makes it sound any nicer, but there you go.
My middle guy has long been into night creatures. His most favorite animal in the world is the bat, but really, he digs anything nocturnal. In fact, if you ask him, he’s nocturnal too, and we just force him to be in his bed at night. He doesn’t sleep at night, not ever, or so he says. If you confront him with the fact that you saw and heard him sleeping, he claims that he’s just a really good actor. Uh huh. Right.
So, considering his love of night things, and the fact that we saw a mouse in the yard a few days ago, and often hear owls in the wee hours. I thought it was time we did the pellet dissection thing.
Last year, about this time, they spent a LOT of time doing the virtual version at Kidwings, but this year, we wanted the real deal.
In case you are so inclined you can order them for a very reasonable fee at Home Science Tools.
You too can pick apart masses of fur and bones.
You too can reassemble the remains of some ill-fated critter.
I found it really seriously cool, but I’m weird like that.
If you’re not into owl gag though, maybe you’ll find the craft versions more appealing.
I wish I could claim it (and you can bet I’m going to attempt some shameless recreations), but it’s actually Sarah’s handiwork.
She also made a really cool paper version here.
Oh my! I have my work cut out for me this weekend!
And since we’re on the subject. other than Owl Moon (which we love) do you all have any great owl-related book recommendations?
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!