Thursday, February 02, 2012

Possum Pellets

In the comment section of an earlier post, I mentioned the "possum pellets" that I frequently find in the birdfeeders, letting me know that an opossum has been enjoying the largesse I put out for the birds.  I finally remembered to get a photo....


The main photo is really too busy to be able to see the pellets clearly (they seem much less "camouflaged" in real life), so I zoomed in to let you see the pellets up close.  The closeup is a little fuzzy, but gives a better feel of what you'll see in the feeder.



9 comments:

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Do the birds care?
Yuck.

Gaia Gardener: said...

The birds don't seem to care. And the owner of the backyard wildlife store said the pellets were actually regurgitated bits of sunflower seed shell (rather like a mini owl pellet), not feces. I never could find any information about whether they were actually regurgitated bits, but the opossum feces shown on various websites seemed to look much different - rather like cat droppings.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Interesting. When people say someone "eats like a bird," I don't think they had taken this into consideration. Ha!

Shelley said...

I too finally discovered a young possum in my feeder that was leaving behind the pellets.

Mary Beth Prondzinski said...

Thanks for the ID! I too have these pellets at my feeder.

Pat said...

For the past three mornings I have been finding these "pellets" in my feeder, also. I thought at first it was Owl pellets until I actually caught the little booger sitting in my feeder about 1am this morning eating to his hearts content! But, I did not know they "regurgitated" like that. So glad I found this blog - mystery solved!

Pat said...

The past three mornings I had found these "pellets" in my feeder, also. I had thought they were owl pellets, too, until I caught the little booger in my feeder at 1am this morning. I had no idea they regurgitated like that, tho. Mystery solved!

Gaia Gardener: said...

Pat, Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that this post was helpful. Did you know that possums were tick-eating machines? They are great to have around, as they destroy almost all of the ticks that attach to them. I've come to think of possums as "tick vacuums"!

Jonathan Hendry said...

Ah, thanks for this. I've been kind of grossed out about how the possums seem to poop where they are eating. I guess this is better.