In this photo is a newly excavated hole made by Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. This is clearly a foraging hole not a nest-hole. Nest-holes are more precise, smaller, oval or roundish. This large, vertical, slit-shape is typical for this species: no other woodpecker (indeed no other animal) in Europe makes such holes. These are usually hacked into living trees that have hollow cores due to rot and where invertebrate prey resides. Pest County, Hungary, March 2015, Gerard Gorman.
Pellets of Bubo ascalaphus, Pharoah Eagle Owl, Morocco, Feb 2014. About 3-4cm long when whole, but broken. Mobile phone for compsarison of size. Blue items in the pellets suggested undigested chitin from insects.
A new book on European wildlife signs published September 2014. Click the cover image for more details
WELCOME TO TRACKS & SIGNS
This blog deals with the tracks and signs that wildlife leave. These include foot, hoof, claw and paw prints, trails, dung, scat, sprait, pellets, spawn, eggs, feathers, fur, nests, burrows, dens, bones, food remains etc. Get out there, get tracking and please contribute with comments and photos. Gerard Gorman
Central & Eastern European Wildlife
Gerard Gorman is author of this book, published in 2008 by Bradt. It has sections on Looking For Wildlife and Tracks And Signs.