I spent a morning at Damon Point near Ocean Shores on the WA coast a couple of weeks ago. It is 61 acres of beach, dune grasses and a few trees. It is perfect habitat for Snowy owls and this is one of the spots where a few spent the 2011-2012 winter. I walked the beach along the ocean side for a while then headed up into the grassy area scattered with driftwood.
I walked over to a log and saw a bone laying on it. Then I saw an owl pellet laying on the ground. Then I saw another. Then I saw a bird skull, then another pellet, then 2 more bones. I was buzzing with delight as my mind worked to piece together the scene of the Snowy sitting here tearing up the prey and hours later spitting up a pellet. I’m 90% sure it was from a Snowy. The remains were quite weathered and it was a classic perching area. I have a guess of what kind of bird the skull is from and am checking that out.
So this is what it’s all about for me…..discovery and the celebration of wonder!