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A Short-eared Owl Ejects a Pellet (1/4)

By Gregg Thompson

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Photographer Gregg Thompson catches a Short-eared Owl as it coughs up a pellet. Short-eared Owls eat mostly small rodents, like voles and mice, but can also consume small birds. Pellets are the undigested remnants of the owl's meal: mainly fur, bones, and sometimes feathers. According to Cornell's Birds of North America, Short-eared Owls need to eat about 1-2 voles a day and cast a pellet about 10 hours after each meal.

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