Exploring the vast volcanic landscape I often come across owl pellets. The owl catches its prey (usually a mouse, vole or woodrat) and swallows it whole. Owls cannot digest fur, teeth and bones so the following day, before he goes in search of his next meal, he coughs up a pellet. I collect the pellets, dissect, clean, sort the bones and make paleo mosaics. I love that from a distance a paleo girl appears to be an alluring seductress but when you get up close you see she is made of rodent bones.
Special thanks to Robert and Gretchen Pederson for photos of the Common Barn owl (Tyto alba) and the Great Horned owl (Bubo virginanus)
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