Friday, 31 October 2014

Long-eared Owl Roost

When looking for the winter roosts of Long-eared Owls Asio otus, do not look up into the trees, but look down at the ground below them. In this photo 100s of pellets and splashes of droppings indicate a major roost of owls above: over 70 birds were present at this site, 12 in this single tree. Conifers are often used, but not exclusively, and at sites where the conifer trees are 'full' owls will use adjacent deciduous trees, even those lacking leaves. Photo taken in a cemetery in South Moravia, Czech Republic, by Gerard Gorman.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Otter Spraint

Otter Lutra lutra droppings (known as spraint) are typically black and shiny when fresh. They are usually placed in the open by water on prominent places such as rocks. These were about 5cm long, contained hard crustacean fragments and placed on the top of the concrete wall of a canal. Photo taken in Hungary, October 2014, by Gerard Gorman.     

Monday, 13 October 2014

Two droppings together - grouse and mustelid

Here is a very interestig picture of the droppings of Red Grouse and a small mustelid (probably stoat). Taken recently on a peat-bog in Scotland by Laura B from Liverpool. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

eBook format of Tracks & Signs book

The recently published Pocket Guide to Tracks & Signs is also available as an eBook from Bloomsbury.com where it can be downloaded and read on computers, iPads and iPhones (requires iOS 6.0 or later), Android tablets and smartphones, and e-readers (including Kobo, Sony and Nooks). For more info see here: Ebook