Probable Snowy Owl Pellet, February 8, 2014

Probable Snowy Owl Pellet

Probable Snowy Owl Pellet (click to see the larger version)

I walked around Montrose on Saturday morning, February 8 for a little while. I didn’t see anything unexpected but I did find a putative Snowy Owl pellet on the revetment just south of the beach. It’s about 3.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide and looks like the remains of a small mammal, perhaps a rat. I’m assuming it’s from a Snowy Owl based on the size of the bolus, the location, and the fact that so many Snowy Owls have been around. The specimen will be donated to the Field Museum.

Followup: Field Museum biologist Josh Engel determined that the remains are from a scaup.