I walked out of the house freely swinging my arms in cadence with my legs and not an item to carry. I was free to adventure! When I returned from my morning walk, I had a handful of animal items found on the way. First I spotted a gray two inch long barrel shaped pellet on the ground. It was difficult to identify right on since I’d never seen one before. My neighbor has found several on her forested property so I had a faint idea what this object might be. Upon closer examination, I could see that it contained tiny fur fibers, a few bone particles and what looked like a bird claw. After bringing it home and separating the fibers, I discovered the claw is actually a jaw bone with teeth still intact. The teeth are so small it’s very difficult to see them with naked eye. I am assuming the contents of this owls evening meal was a small four legged animal and, thank goodness, not a bird.
Then I spotted another half shell of an egg from a baby robin that opened its eyes to the world for the first time. Further along was a small feather from either a local hawk or owl. This has been a busy summer for the animal life in our neighborhood not to mention it also keeps me busy with recording all these nature finds in my sketching journal. Good, good!