Gruesome Fascination

Disclaimer:  This post contains images that some people might prefer not to look at; contents includes small creature bones.

There is nothing really gory and I find it quite fascinating but respect that not everyone will.

Out on the dog walk today, having sat up beautifully and ignored the pony girls, Pup retrieved another item I would perhaps he had left where he found it … yesterday it was underpants today it was a sports sock but it looked as if it was soiled like yesterday’s underwear … nice!

However having left that item where he dropped it we walked on under the larches and suddenly he started to squish his shoulder into the ground.  I got him to stand up and could see a grey fluffy ball which he retrieved to me when asked.

Bird of Prey Pellet

It is a pellet regurgitated by a bird of prey; initially I assumed it would be from an owl but having done some reading I understand  they don’t often contain bird bones and are hard/glossy on the outside where as this was softer – more like cotton wool.

I popped it in a poo bag to carry it home.

We then had some fun with some tennis ball retrieves across the dyke until my feeble girly throw dropped the ball in the dyke and both boys had to help each other retrieve it.

Bird of Prey Pellet content

So I popped the pellet into some warm water and let it soak apart and these are the bones/bits of bones I have collected out of the feathery mess using my long handled tweezers – ladies I can reassure you these were tweezers from my tool bag and not form the bathroom cabinet!

Clearly there is a lower leg and foot from a small bird – I am thinking along the lines of  a thrush?  Many of the small pieces of bone are hollow but there are also some very tiny bones.  I know it is morbid but I find it fascinating and exciting to find a bird pellet after never finding one in my life before.

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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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