Yesterday I found an owl pellet in the garden.

Inside were the remains of the Dread Pirate Vole. I am grateful to the owl for keeping the garden safe from these fearsome bulb swiping, seed munching rapscallions.


  1. sweetie– Lil says “that’s just GROSS!”
    miss you still.

  2. Sylvia

    i didn’t know that voles had teeth i actually never thought about the fact that mice and voles needed to eat! What do voles eat?

  3. My dears,

    The voles eat bulbs, seeds, tasty roots and the bark of trees and shrubs……the owls eat the voles…then they turn them into pellets….. this, from wikipedia, should shed some light on the pellet…..

    “….is the mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird’s pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. In falconry, the pellet is called a casting.

    The passing of pellets allows a bird to remove indigestible material from its proventriculus, or glandular stomach. In birds of prey, the regurgitation of pellets serves the bird’s health in another way, by “scouring” parts of the digestive tract, including the gullet. Pellets are formed within six to ten hours of a meal in the bird’s gizzard (muscular stomach).”

    Gullets and gizzards are gross.

  4. Well, I’d take some fried liver if you had any. Liver and onions can be nice.

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