Monday, 1 February 2016

A Meal with a View

The landscape around the big wind turbine on Beinn Bhuidhe, to the immediate north of Camas nan Geall, has a character all of its own. It's open, rolling tussock grasslands occasionally cut by small burns. To the east, the direction in which yesterday's picture looks, it ends in the coniferous forestry of Glen More, lost in dead ground, beyond which the land rises again to the wildest and bleakest landscape of western Ardnamurchan, an area underlain by metamorphic Moine Schists.

The ridges that cross the area tend to have a SSE-NNW trend, and rise to occasional low summits which are capped by short, well-cropped grass. It's not uncommon to come across little collections of whitening bones on these mounds - or, as we found yesterday, bones and the horns of a small sheep or deer. Beside them was some hair-filled scat....

....seen in closeup here.

I'm intrigued. Why are these remains in such a prominent place? Are they the leftovers of an eagle's meal, in which case does this look like an eagle's droppings? Or is this something like a fox - a fox which enjoys a view from his table?

1 comment:

  1. Rather than horns, are they perhaps hooves? Sometimes I find owl pellets which are full of small rodent bones: Taking apart the scat may shed some light.