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Owl pellets

February 1, 2007

Chers Amis,

This week we have been rowing Owl Moon and learning all about owls. Many thanks to Meredith at Sweetness and Light for her wonderful ideas!  Here is a short narration that Pippin just dictated about our experience with Owl Puke (see my sidebar for a link).  It was a messy, but interesting activity.  We found an owl pellet from our woods last year, but the dog ate it before we could dissect it.  Thank goodness for Caddie’s kit!  It also came with a very nice book with facts about owls and a diagram that showed a comparison of skeletal remains of common owl prey: rodents, moles, voles etc. that helped us identify exactly what type of dinner our owl had enjoyed.  Five stars!

— Marjorie

Owl Pellets 
by Pippin
What is an owl pellet?  An owl pellet is the bones of a rat, mice, skunks or hares that at couldn’t be digested by the owl. It could also be feathers or hairs. At first, the owl squished the pellet together in his stomach and then it squeezes it really hard to make the pellet come out of its mouth. It looks like a little round oval that is brown and it has hairs and fur in it. It is gross. My sister got an owl pellet kit for her Christmas present. We dissected it on Tuesday and it was really fun. 

How to dissect and owl pellet:
First you need toothpicks. Then you need a white piece of paper and a bone tray. Then when you get the bones out, put them in the right spaces where the words are. But to get the bones out, you have to use tweezers. That is how you dissect an owl pellet.

We found two skulls, a rat and a mouse, lots of ribs, and lots of pelvis bones and  vertebrae.  We found a few legs and arms.  My favorites are the ribs because they are bent.

The end.

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  1. February 4, 2007 9:26 pm

    Very sweet! He did a great job!! I’m so gald you enjoyed these plans as we have too! Blessings!

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