Lately, I have been in the lab learning how to identify species from diagnostic characteristics of the skulls, mandibles, and teeth from my owl pellet samples. I have seen LOTS of deer mice and meadow voles (meadow vole skulls & mandibles on the left, deer mouse mandibles on the right).
I’ve also seen some olive-backed pocket mice, northern grasshopper mice, and sagebrush voles in samples. The biggest catch of olive-backed pocket mice from a single sample so far is below.
I have another 40+ owl pellet samples to go through, so expect to see more updates in the next few months!