Great Blue Heron Pellet


Great Blue Herons are basically birds of prey. They love a gopher or two or six. And like Hawks and Owls, they too cough up pellets of indigestible material. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you…


…a Great Blue Heron pellet. Yeah, I know gross (but fascinating too). I picked it apart… it was pretty much all gopher fur and a couple insect exoskeletons.

9 responses

  1. That’s really interesting. I had no idea the spat up pellets. Thanks for this!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  2. I knew owls did this, but not herons. Learned something today :o)

    August 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  3. Mary Martens

    OMG! The things you learn on the internet. Tres cool!

    August 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  4. Christina

    As I walked on Chrissy Field yesterday I was saying out loud where is Walter and viola you are back. Welcome back and thank you for enlightening me on Heron pellets!

    August 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  5. Debby

    Just finished a Kellerman book. Interestingly enough this photo and the comments brought to mind a bit of it (paraphrased – don’t remember the exact quote): “I was watching the Heron. If it was after my Koi, I would be in defensive mode. As is I admired the great pterodactyl beauty of it,

    August 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  6. So they can digest gopher bones, but not fur? I had no idea. I had thought they mainly ate aquatic animals. Thank you!

    August 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

  7. Sandy Slichter

    Me too, didn’t realize they did pellets but it makes sense. I suppose they get rid of fish bones the same way. And nice to see your work again Walter, we missed you.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

  8. Beautiful shot!

    August 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  9. Really liked the first shot

    August 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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