Sunday, November 1, 2009

Where I Stand Sunday (or where I stood yesterday)

When the weather is as nice as yesterday, one could not resist scouting out around the 7 + acres where we live to see what has been going on during the wet and dark days/weeks we have had lately.  Stopping off at the edge of the wheat field, I noticed this on the ground – not the big rock, but what look like little rocks right near the pole.  If you are squeamish about mushy and gushy kinds of things (that some would consider gross), then look no further.  I must warn you, some may find it not fun to look at or think about. 
From Wikipedia: "A pellet, in ornithology, 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)."
As a teacher, we sometimes allowed kids the task of dissecting owl pellets, scientifically – which were ordered from a source that collected them.   I had found my OWN pellet, right here on our land!
DSC_0533There’s the evidence.  You can see the tiny mouse bones. This pellet had just been deposited, it was still wet..because of the time of day I discovered it, it was most likely left by a hawk, which we have plenty of in the area.  Owls are around too, but mostly after sunset.DSC_0529This is very interesting to me.  I like living where I do, it is like a Science Closet. 
DSC_0570Like lichen growing on the trees…
DSC_0580Or researching weird looking weeds…
DSC_0566Or imagining who lives here and wanting to just sit and watch…
DSC_0577Many a Halloween I walked neighborhood streets with my friends Trick or Treating and later, really enjoyed seeing the delight on my daughter’s face as she went door to door as a little one…but I think I liked this Halloween ‘walk’ the best.
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you'd like to join me by posting a photo on Sunday of places you've been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on this post telling me where I can find you/your photo and I'll add a link to my sidebar so others can find you.


Leann said...

Excellent Halloween adventure! Cool!

Ellen said...

So many wonderful details it was like being there. I always wondered what an owl pellet looked like up close. I expected it to be creepier.