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3-24-14 mystery photo 009Do you know what this is and what created it? Hint: Most winters this would be a rare find in New England, but not this one. All guesses welcome!

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121 responses

  1. Pat

    I believe this is an owl “pellet”.

    March 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    • charles astbury

      gosshawk droping gosshawk droppings

      March 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  2. Suzanne

    Must be a snowy owl pellet. Nice! Suzanne

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    March 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

  3. Lynne Woodard

    Snowy owl pellet!

    March 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

  4. Snowy owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

  5. Cindy Sprague

    Its got to be a snowy owl pellet, given your hint.

    March 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

  6. Edward Parsons

    snowy owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

  7. Ed Parsons

    SOP!!!!

    March 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

  8. Kit Pfeiffer

    a Snowy Owl pellet!

    Kit Pfeiffer 85 Benner Lane Whitefield, ME 04353 207-446-9768 kit_pfeiffer@yahoo.com

    March 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

  9. Yes, I say snowy owl pellet, too. From Nantucket? (I got a hint from your daughter’s photos!)

    March 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

  10. dave dawley

    is it a snowy owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

  11. Bj lawlor

    Snowy owl scat

    March 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

  12. Grady

    Coyote Scat???

    March 24, 2014 at 11:48 am

  13. gwen

    Owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

  14. KJ Burns

    Snowy Owl

    March 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

  15. Kathryn Dean

    I believe it’s a Snowy Owl pellet!

    March 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

  16. Elizabeth lum

    Hi: an owl pellet??? Beth Lum (Linda Fuerst’s sister lover (???) of milk snakes)

    March 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

  17. Laura Alexander

    snowy owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

  18. Tom Stearns

    Snowy owl pellet.

    Tom Stearns High Mowing Organic Seeds http://www.highmowingseeds.com tom@highmowingseeds.com 802-224-6301 cell 802-472-6174 ext. 114 desk

    March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  19. Jim Moul

    Scat from a snowy owl

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    March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  20. Otto Wurzburg

    Pellet from a snowy owl? Otto Wurzburg and his St Johnsbury School 6th grade class

    March 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  21. Rebecca Weil

    Snowy owl pellet?

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    March 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  22. Andrea Ross

    Owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  23. Snowy owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  24. Laura

    Looks like an owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  25. Gretchen Hannon

    large raptor pellet, probably snowy owl

    March 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  26. Patty

    Snowy owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  27. OFF TOPIC comment — snow buntings have been visiting my birdfeeder all week! I get to study them from about 8 feet away. And to think I’d never seen them before, ever. Then, the day I read your post on them, I saw a huge flock in a field nearby. Synchronicity…

    March 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  28. lbchase@aol.com

    snowy owl pellet

    Larry Chase

    March 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  29. Charlotte Carlson

    When will you be posting more of your photographs from Nantucket?

    March 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  30. Jennifer Peterson

    Owl pellet, and based on the clue, Snowy Owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  31. snowy owl?

    March 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  32. Either a snowy owl or hawk owl pellet. Gotta go with snowy though because of how oblong it is.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  33. Looks like something an owl threw up.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  34. Kathie Fiveash

    Snowy owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  35. Kerry Ryer-Parke

    Snowy or great grey owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  36. Ritchie

    snow owl scat

    March 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  37. Snowy owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  38. Pat S

    snowy owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  39. Sonya Wulff

    Snowy Owl Pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  40. Lisa

    From a snowy owl? Something they ate?

    Sent from my iPhone

    March 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  41. Susan Colten

    Turkey bones From huge owl pellet?????

    March 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  42. Allison Bell

    Looks like a build-your-own bird kit–batteries not included, some assembly required.

    March 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  43. David

    snowy owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

  44. Josh Wood

    This looks like an owl pellet based on the abundance of bone fragments- and the size of the pellet is very large- snowy owl large. I hear there was a lemming population crash up north, and the Snowy Owls are making appearances in New England!

    March 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  45. denney morton

    snowy owl scat !

    March 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

  46. katealexwaydon .

    Mary, is this an some kind of owl pellet? I have found them at other times of year or could it be a mammal’s scat that eat small animals ( feathers or fur )?

    I love your book that I’ve owned and used since 2010. I love it for using with the children I volunteer with at a local nature center and K-1 classroom in local school. It has also been very helpful resource for teaching “Hands-On-Nature” in schools. I give it as a gift often! Thank you so much for writing it in the style you did…month by month and then extra info. I absolutely love your week day blogs. So easy to read and share the info. I have been learning so much!

    I was a preschool teacher for 40 years. I am retired but volunteer in my community. I grew up in Burlington, VT. and went to U.V.M. and Trinity College. I worked at the Trinity College Child Care Center for 26 years.

    Growing up: 10 yrs. girl scouts, family camping, woods and ponds in back of my house, grandparents who involved us in nature/birds/hiking. Teacher: woods, flowers, birds, tracks, lots of science, growing things, classroom pets…..books, replica and stuffed wild animal play, play acting out lives of diff. animals.

    Moved to Calais, VT. 15 years ago. Love exploring our 95 acres connected to 95 more and 400+ more land all under the Vermont Land Trust. I love the many varied types of land…hill/mountain, 2 beaver ponds, Norway Spruce plantation that my husband’s father planted in in 1950, mowed fields, growing fields, deciduous forests, waterfall, trails we share, my husband’s cabin, flower and vegetable gardens.

    I have always brought my classes here to explore, touch, play and learn. Making fairy houses on the moss mounds/hills in spruce forest and watching/holding , feeding and gathering eggs of my small flock of chickens are always popular. Lunch in the forest or if rainy, we eat on the large screened in porch with nature books always available.

    I see and take photos of all the wildlife that I watch and wait for. Your photos are really great!

    Thank you again for your blogs, book, and skillful observation and invaluable info. I have 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons…not close by but when we visit together it is all about outdoors!

    Debi

    March 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  47. Paul Glazebrooks Gmail

    Looks like a very larger predator regurgitation; from what I don’t know. Guessing, a coyote or a lynx.

    from Paul Glazebrook

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    March 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm

  48. Midge Eliassen

    snowy owl pellet Midge Eliassen Sunapee NH

    March 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  49. Susan Poirier

    snowy owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

  50. Jackie Bonafide

    Looks like Owl “dung”

    March 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  51. Susan Tiholiz

    Snowy Owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  52. Caitlin

    It’s an owl pellet and I’m assuming what makes it unusual is that it’s from a Snowy Owl.

    March 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  53. Betsy Janeway

    MUST be Snowy owl, although pellet seems awfully large!

    March 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  54. Pamela Burnside

    Dear Mary:

    Admittedly I am truly guessing when I tell you that the your photo could be representative of the remains of a really nasty hairball; perhaps a token shared with us via an abnormally large opposum! No? Really? Have a sense of humor, please! Because it sure does appear a tad revolting!

    I shall await the answer with bated breath! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Best to you all – I love your blog! Pam Burnside Portland, Maine

    March 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  55. Cris Staubach

    Snowy Owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

  56. Peter Kallin

    Looks like a snowy owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

  57. Jackie Bonafide

    Probably Snowy Owl “dung.”

    March 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  58. Ellen

    It’s the remains of an owl’s dinner

    March 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  59. Bill On The Hill...

    Before looking at any of the other comments, my conclusion was also that an owl left this behind… BF

    March 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  60. Mardie

    It’s a snowy owl pellet!

    March 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  61. Stephanie Belvedere

    Could this be from an owl? Stephanie Belvedere

    March 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

  62. Paul Glazebrooks Gmail

    Or may be a snowy owl?

    from Paul Glazebrook

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    March 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

  63. Alonso

    Looks like an owl pellet, so given your clue and its size, that might make it a snowy owl pellet. It also looks like feathers in it, so perhaps it ate a bird, a waterfowl maybe as well.

    March 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  64. Snowy Owl pellet!

    March 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm

  65. Here’s the comment I just sent as an email reply, written before I saw the replies above, but it looks as though a number of us are in agreement: “Looks like an owl pellet to me…and from the hint, I’m guessing it was regurgitated by a snowy owl.”

    March 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  66. Jackie Bonafide

    Snowy owl pellet? Lots of bones!

    March 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

  67. Dennis Smith

    Owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  68. david putnam

    I agree it’s very large and snowy owls aren’t that rare. So I’ll guess Great Horned Owl pellet that’s rare because of something it ate.

    March 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  69. Susan Greenberg

    Snowy Owl pellet – regurgitated bones, feathers etc – undigested material

    March 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  70. David Fontaine

    Based on the hint, I’d say a Great Snowy Owl pellet.

    David Fontaine Ferrisburgh

    March 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  71. Tinka McArdle

    Today’s mystery photo looks as if it could be a rather large, owl pellet … .

    March 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  72. Nannette Orr

    A Snowy owl’s pellet

    Nannette

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    March 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  73. Susan Frost

    Owl pellet with bird bones and feathers; would expect to see fur, I think.

    March 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  74. Dudley Smith

    regurgitated owl pellet. Dudley

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    From: Naturally Curious with Mary Holland [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 7:31 AM To: djsmith37@comcast.net Subject: [New post] Mystery Photo

    Mary Holland posted: “Do you know what this is and what created it? Hint: Most winters this would be a rare find in New England, but not this one. All guesses welcome! Naturally Curious is supported by donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go to http://www.n

    March 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  75. Jon

    Hawk regurgitation

    March 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  76. Kathy

    We’re guessing it’s a snowy owl pellet, but it’s so big! Kathy McDonald

    Sent from my iPad

    March 24, 2014 at 4:44 pm

  77. Christy Stout

    Swony Owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  78. Deb Schonberg

    snowy owl scat

    Deb Schonberg 138 Browns River Rd. Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-871-5545 (home) 802-238-2291 (cell)

    March 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  79. MaryEllen

    Is it an owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

  80. debbiesnvt@aol.com

    Snowy owl?

    March 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  81. Donna Hollinger

    > WordPress.com > Mary Holland posted: “Do you know what this is and what created it? > Hint: Most winters this would be a rare find in New England, but not > this one. All guesses welcome! Naturally Curious is supported by > donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go to http://www.n” >

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    March 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  82. Roseanne Saalfield

    Snowy Owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

  83. Michele

    Snowy owl pellet!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    March 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

  84. Nat

    Is it a regurgitated pellet of a snowy owl?

    Nat in Putney

    Sent from my iPhone

    March 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  85. dellwvt

    I’m guessing, based on your clue, that it’s a snowy owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

  86. Melba Atkinson

    An owl pellet-and with your clue-I’d say a snowy owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  87. Bonnie Adams

    Snowy owl pellets. Looks like it’s been taking out a lot of songbirds. Bonnie Adams Hampton, N.B.

    March 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

  88. Sandra Ruggiero

    Snowy owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  89. iap

    I think it’s a snowy owl pellet, too! 🙂

    March 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  90. Dudley Carlson

    Snowy owl pellet?

    Your wonderful photos and insights continue to amaze and delight me. Please come out and start a Nat.Curious California; I don’t know enough, but your work has sharpened both my curiosity and my insight!

    Gratefully, Dudley Carlson

    March 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    • Thank you, Dudley. With three feet of snow on the ground, and sub-zero temperatures, California sounds mighty good!

      March 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

  91. Nina Toutant

    Well, it looks like poop of some sort. Maybe a snowy owl? Nina Toutant

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    March 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

  92. Jean Harrison

    Definitely an owl pellet. Must be snowy, based on hint.

    March 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

  93. northamjoy@aol.com

    is that an owl pellet? Joyce Wilson

    March 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  94. amonyous

    owl pellet…maybe a snowy or a great horned-snowy’s were not too common to find in vt until the “snowy owl invasion”

    March 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

  95. amonyous

    your hint just gave it away! snowy!

    March 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  96. Eva Frost

    snowy owl throw up?

    March 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

  97. Carol S. Foss

    Is it a bear plug?

    Carol Foss

    New London, NH

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    From: Naturally Curious with Mary Holland [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 7:31 AM To: carol.s.foss@tds.net Subject: [New post] Mystery Photo

    Mary Holland posted: “Do you know what this is and what created it? Hint: Most winters this would be a rare find in New England, but not this one. All guesses welcome! Naturally Curious is supported by donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go to http://www.n

    March 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  98. Oliver Zeichner

    I think it’s an owl pellet, and since you said it’s not usually common around here, I’d say it’s snowy owl.

    March 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  99. Mary Howe

    Might it be a Snowiy Owl’s pellet ?

    On 3/24/14, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland

    March 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

  100. Anne Marie

    Hi I’m thinking it’s a pellet from a Snowy Owl. I had the pleasure of watching two who spent time near the salt marsh and shore near where I live.

    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to it.

    Anne Marie Meegan Conimicut Point Rhode Island

    March 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

  101. Carole Hohl

    Looks like an owl pellet but I don’t know what kind. We found a couple we think are from a Great Horned Owl near our house in MA. Thanks for your blog.

    March 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  102. June Horst

    Owl Pellet

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    March 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  103. Walter Korzec

    I believe that the mystery photo is a “pellet” from a Snowy Owl. Walter Korzec

    March 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  104. Snowy owl pellet.

    March 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

  105. Arlene

    Snowy owl pellet?

    March 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  106. Janet

    Snowy Owl pellet

    March 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm

  107. Leslie Goldman

    Snowy owl pellet

    Leslie

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    March 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

  108. Meredith Wade

    My guess is an owl pellet and since you say it might usually be rare, it is probably a Snowy owl pellet. What a great find!

    March 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

  109. Meredith Wade

    Are the Snowy owls still being sighted at Dead Creek?

    March 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

  110. Elliot

    Owl pellet snowy owl most likely

    March 25, 2014 at 1:12 am

  111. Lisa White

    Snowy owl?

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    March 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

  112. Gipson, Ilene

    Coyote scat

    Sent with Good (www.good.com)

    March 25, 2014 at 6:27 am

  113. snowy owl pellet

    March 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

  114. etymologist

    Whooo else but Bubo scandiacus ?

    March 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  115. Amy Quinn

    Snowy Owl

    March 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  116. Dan Reidy 6th grade teacher

    My 6th graders agree with the Snowy Owl Pellet crowd. They’ve also asked me to suggest you do more mystery photos more regularly. (Weekly? Biweekly? Monthly?) They literally ask me daily if there is another mystery photo, and Wow!, did the jump all over this one!

    March 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    • I’ll try to do them more often! So glad this is part of your students’ lives – thank you!

      March 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  117. Betty Pardoe

    Nice sunset can you see it??

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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