To have a first-hand experience of it, Tiger and I went for a dusk walk in the woods nearby to find out what we could see and hear.
It was very quiet and we did not see any moving animals. The sun set very soon so it became very dark and cold very quickly.
We decided that it was a better idea to head home and read about the night animals instead.
We then decided to focus on one specific animal to study: the owl.
Even within the owl family, there are so many species that we had to zoom in on the one that we are most familiar with: the barn owl. In the spring summer nights, we often hear the barn owl calling from the nearby woods.
Obviously, just watching videos or reading about the owl would not be enough so I bought some barn owl pellets to embark on the classic owl pellets dissection project:
The preparation process was quite involved and slightly gross. First you have to let the pellets soak in water in order to loosen them up.
After about an hour of soaking, you then have to separate the pellets out carefully to pick the bones and remains out with gloves and tweezers.
Then you have to rinse the bones out several more times and lay the pieces out to dry completely. Only then will you have clean bones to work with. Tiger was keen to sort and classify the different types of bones.
Once the bones have been placed into different piles, we used an identification sheet to help us identify them. We found bones from voles, rats, shrews, frogs, mice, and weasels.
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