|Living art ... joining in with the beautiful geese sculpture|
|Peeping at the birds on the feeders|
We arrived a couple of minutes early so had a quick cuddle with Steve Backshall, who was very appropriately holding a barn owl!
The warden had seen a pair of barn owls flying over the reserve and heading into the tractor barn earlier that morning. He'd collected some fresh pellets from the barn, where they appear to be roosting, so we had a look at those. They looked a lot like poo, but they're definitely not!
Bug Mad Girl loved dissecting the pellets. She would happily have sat there all day picking out all the tiny bones and identifying them.
|Picking though the pellet|
|Not really into the pellets, but very keen on the white board and identification chart|
|(Picture from @College_lake)|
|Vole skull on the left and part of a shrew skull on the right|
|Vole jaw bone|
|All sorts of other bones|
|Handy chart that we used to identify the bones we found|
Afterwards they were so inspired that the little Barn Owl chased the giant bank vole along the path, eventually rugby tackling her to the ground!