Tracks in the snow…

Have I ever mentioned that I really don’t like cold weather?? I thought so. Well the cold weather brings snow here and the snow does present special opportunities. One of them is to find tracks in the snow. I mentioned on Facebook that we had a visitor and even posted some pictures of this elusive creature. Today I went looking for the evidence and here’s what I found.  (Click on any of the pictures to see the full-sized version.)

The snow fall is pretty, especially when you don't have to get out in it.
The snow fall is pretty, especially when you don’t have to get out in it.

This was the scene this morning, now for a closer look. The two trails you see here were from the fox that came to visit last night.  The fox had been laying on the dam of the pond watching when I had the dogs out earlier.

This is where it was laying watching when I was out with the dogs. If you look closely you'll se a set of tracks where it crossed the frozen pond.
This is where it was laying watching when I was out with the dogs. If you look closely at the top, you’ll see a set of tracks where it crossed the frozen pond.

Now while I was wandering around in the snow I found these interesting tracks and marks.  If you can, leave a comment at the bottom and clue me in what they are…

I didn't take use a stick to draw squirrly cues in the snow.
I didn’t use a stick to draw squirrly cues in the snow.
Can anybody identify what kinda burrow this is? Please leave a comment at the bottom.
Can anybody identify what kinda burrow this is? Please leave a comment at the bottom.

Whatever it is it lives here.  And its been in and out enough that the snow is packed in front of the burrow.  I thought it kind of pretty the way the snow around the opening melted and then grew crystals as it froze again.

Here's another mystery, tracks only broke the snow about 1-2" deep.
Here’s another mystery, tracks only broke the snow about 1-2″ deep.
Here's a close up? Any guesses?
Here’s a close up? Any guesses?

So back to the fox that came calling.  It crossed the corner of the frozen pond and left some good prints…

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Notice the front/rear pairs are on top of each other on the left and right side? This fox was walking fairly slowly here.
Another nice set from the fox.
Another nice set from the fox.

There were tracks of others that had come and gone…

These are Libby "bounds" from her rabbit-like running in the snow. Notice she hits the same spots coming and going?
These are Libby “bounds” from her rabbit-like running in the snow. Notice she hits the same spots coming and going?
This is the print of a regular visitor to Libby and Layla. Blackey comes to visit them regularly.
This is the print of a regular visitor to Libby and Layla. Blackey comes to visit them regularly.
Blackey's trail to the front door to visit.
Blackey’s trail to the front door to visit.

Of course the little birds had to come to water.  I couldn’t catch any of them in a picture,  guess they get real skiddish as the food supply is lower right now.

A closing shot of how cool the frozen pond looked highlighting the fox prints.

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A closing shot of how cool the frozen pond looked highlighting the fox prints.

That’s all I’ve got for this post, going back inside to warm the hands.

Even though outside it’s frightful, the views can be delightful.  (Sorry that one was too easy.)

So until the next post…

“Get Out, Be Safe, and Go Adventure”

 

2 thoughts on “Tracks in the snow…”

    1. How very true Mike, our little Libby being part Rat Terrier and part Basenji loves to burrow after things herself. She always makes me laugh to see her run, it’s a rabbit hop sort of gait. And in the snow it leaves really crazy tracks.

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