Date: 11/22/19 11:47 am From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] Paying attention
The McMinnville hospital lies across the highway and west of the Air Museum. Behind the hospital is a parking lot, then open fields. There is a quarter-mile-long, oval walking track with a rubberized surface surrounding the parking lot. Carol and I started walking there for exercise 6-7 years ago. I've continued the practice several days a week.
The area is lit with 8 tall lights, mounted on cement pedestals. I've walked past the 4 lights on the 4 corners of the parking lot every lap I've made around the track for years. My focus has been on logging my miles at a good pace. Today I took a closer look at the base of the light on the SW corner of the parking lot, to check a bit of dark debris I've seen on the pedestal.
It was an owl pellet. Further inspection revealed that there were 6 owl pellets below that light pole, adjacent to the open field. Then I checked the base of the light at the SE corner of the parking lot, also adjacent to field, and found 3 more pellets. I checked 10 more light posts, without finding any more pellets.
None of the pellets were new. I have seen Great Horned Owls on low posts in the fields behind the hospital. I expect they are the source of the pellets.
In today's language, we would say, "Well, duuh." In an earlier time, we would smack our forehead with the palm of our hand.