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Beech Marten

Martes foina


I believe these droppings here were left by one of the two martens present in our area, the Geneva lake valley; most likely the Beech marten. Both Beech (a.k.a. Stone, House or white breasted) and Pine martens are present and common in our forests; but the former one more common in the valley. Theirs droppings are twisted, compact and slightly pointed on one end, often revealing their food undigested remains - here, there seems to be some fruit stones protruding from both droppings; and both martens complement their carnivorous diet by fruits, in particular in winter.


Here, found in a small lowland forest, a grove actually, with the floor totally covered by Bear's garlic - there were gorgeous smell under those trees during the walk. Shores of a small stream in Geneva lake valley.


Lighter in pics N° 5 and 6 is there for size...

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Apr 10, 2021
Submitted on Apr 10, 2021

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