Saturday, May 21, 2011

Just a quick word on what our Little Owls are eating. Historically much has been made of the diet of Little Owls on Welsh Islands, with several papers highlighting the impact they have on species such as the Storm Petrel. A single pair of Little Owls on Skomer had a larder containing more than 100 Stormy corpses. Giselle had a little look at one of our three Little Owl territories and found evidence that they were taking a lot of large ground beatles (pellet in top photo) but also at least one Wheatear and what we think might be a Slow Worm (scales(?) in bottom photo). (c) Richard Brown

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