A few weeks ago the Dot Earth blog on the New York Times included a fascinating photograph of animal tracks in the snow. The tracks indicated a conflict between predator and prey, a raptor attacking a rodent. Since we had a relatively big snow fall over about 36 hours here from Thursday through Saturday, I was reminded of the Dot Earth blog when I trudged out in the snow. Following along the creek behind my husband, I almost lost his tracks when I headed uphill following another set of tracks. We crossed them again on the bluff line, where the hoofprints were better preserved on the flatter terrain.The perpetrators were deer, who used a cut in the bluff line to get down to the creek from a nearby field.
and near these mouse or rat tracks (coming in a bit fuzzy from the left and then ending in two streaks near the feline paw print). The good news for the mouse is that the cat tracks look older, although it does look like the mouse tracks end abruptly. Any thoughts from readers?
These mouse (or rat) tracks fascinated me for how far that they ran across the wide expanse of snow. The mouse ran from an old, downed pine tree to a holly bush. Then I found more tracks from the holly bush to the front porch, for a total distance of at least a hundred feet. Was this mouse meeting up with the mouse that disappeared on the other side of the porch?
My husband also ran into Spit, the possum that hangs out around our place, last night in the alley between the house and garage. (Actually, they both caught each other by surprise and both nearly scared each other to death, according to my husband.) I looked this morning to see if I could see where Spit went–and where he’s been hanging out, because until last night we hadn’t seen him since the cold snap in early January. These must be his prints, venturing out briefly and then turning around and, apparently, following a ledge around the house, to crawl under the back porch. Spit’s prints appear raised in these photos because of oddities of photography and melting snow.And here are the possum tracks turned around on each other:
You may also be interested in Tracks in the Snow, Revisited, where I captured the perpetrator of a bizarrely backwards set of isolated tracks.
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