The Owl inches ever closer to completion. He’s come a long way from first finding his body on the side of the road and having his bones soaked for a little over half a year. His bones are clean as I can make them, and are awaiting their final sterilizing bath, most likely in hydrogen peroxide. There are a few bones missing (one of his nasal bones is AWOL and the wingtips, dried skin, and assorted non-bony bits were buried to encourage new barn owls to grow) and a few extra from the mice-looking critters that the Owl ate prior to his death. But, for the most part, the Owl is ready for the next stage. What happens after that is up to Him.
All the bones, both Owl and mouse. Plus the spoon used to fish then out of the water and the eldery gunk-scrubbing toothbrush.
Owl skull with jaw (beak sheath fell off a while ago), shoulder-to-elbow bone, one of the two "forearm" bones, knee-to-ankle bone (would be the drumstick on a chicken), other half of the forearm bones, and the thighbones.
Starting from the right- tools. Bottom is Owl ribs. Toward the left is a peek at appendage bones. The big bone is the hipbone. The pile to the right has the shoulder blades (the long thin bones) and the other two are the collar bones that attach to the breast bone to hold it in place. One of them is broken, presumably in the crash that killed the owl. Some of the ribs are also cracked.
Going from right to left in a clockwise direction- A peek at the mouse bones, the Owl's tailbones, Owl spine (its useful to have a toothpick to clean out any stray bits of spinal column), breastbone with car-crash trauma, wishbone, peek at wing and leg bones, and a pile of rib bones.
Mouse bones, mostly skulls and teeth with a few leg bones, I think. The little pile of bones toward the top is the Owl's tailbones.