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Some no.2s for you lot to identify

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Offline glennie

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« on: September 13, 2007, 20:33 PM »
Out in the mountains north of Madrid today I came across these. Couldn't get a clearer pic. Anyone got any ideas who did 'em?




They had a pronouncedly pointed end to them (at one end). You can't see that on the pics.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007, 21:59 PM »
This is an old favourite on IbNat

http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,51.0.html

Any other clues?

1. where is it? (on a wall forming a midden -its a genet/at a crossroads - perhaps a fox/in a pit/)
2. what tracks were next to it.
3 it's smell. Mustelids smell musty sweet. Foxes stink.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2007, 22:17 PM »
This is an old favourite on IbNat

http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,51.0.html

Any other clues?

1. where is it? (on a wall forming a midden -its a genet/at a crossroads - perhaps a fox/in a pit/)
2. what tracks were next to it.
3 it's smell. Mustelids smell musty sweet. Foxes stink.


In the middle of a track is where we found it. Not a crossroads.  No tracks. Wish I had thought to sniff it!
Pine forest predominantly if that helps.

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2007, 00:31 AM »
Hi Glennie,

Nick's right, we do seem a little poop obsessed here on the Forum.

Judging from the site and the bits of berries I'd say it was fox as although they are fairly omniverous I don't thing their guts can really digest cellulose like a proper veggie(and you should see what potting compost does to our male husky's jobbies!). They also like to display their turds (is this territoial behaviour, can anyone confirm?) often on tussocks and very often on frquented pathways.

Regs

Simon

PS Now I've got a digital camera at last I too shall be enlightening us all in this department!

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2007, 08:27 AM »
Hello scatologists.
Following Glennie's clue I've looked for Pine marten droppings and came up with a very pointy pooh from the same family over the other side of the Atlantic. Sorry, not a like-minded website. From Animal Diversity Web is a photo of Martes Americana droppings that struck me as being similarly dark but no pic's of pooh of Martes martes to be found. Apparently these American marten are spreading over Europe. Does anyone know if they've reached Spain?
There isn't much to go on  ::) on the web if one is searching for wild animal droppings. Nick, how about a catalogue of pooh pic's on Iberianature???
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2007, 08:43 AM »
Many thanks to all for assistance.  :-*

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2007, 10:49 AM »
But it's probably a fox or a beech marten
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