Attention biology folks and nature nerds:
What the heck is this?
Clearly it’s a fecal pellet, with a bit of uric acid along the edges, which makes me think “bird poop.” And the location in which I found it would seem to back up that supposition: one of my railing planters, which hangs on the outside of a veranda railing three stories up. The poop was perfectly positioned to have been deposited if a bird had perched on the narrow end of the planter, facing outward.
But what kind of bird makes a solid poo pile five centimeters long?
Would a raptor do this? We do have quite a few Little Owls (Athena noctua) in the area, but I’m not familiar with owl poop. Owl pellets, yes, but what actually comes out the other end? It’s surprisingly difficult to find images of owl poop on the Internet, though I did find one mention of Barn Owl poop being known as “whitewash” because it’s so full of uric acid, with very little solid matter. That doesn’t match up.
Geese produce quite solid poops, but we don’t have them in our town and even if we did, I’m really not seeing a duck or goose perching on my veranda railing pot.
Does anybody have a clue?