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Archive for December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas: Winter Visitors

Our back yard serves as a wildlife thoroughfare, but only after a snowfall can we see who’s been afoot overnight.

Gray squirrels hop across the driveway:

Squirrel Tracks in Snow

Squirrel Tracks in Snow

When they’re not busy raiding the bird feeder, that is:

Not a Squirrel-Proof Feeder

Not a Squirrel-Proof Feeder

Red foxes leave widely spaced tracks:

Red Fox Tracks in Snow

Red Fox Tracks in Snow

Even quadrupeds have trouble maintaining their footing on an icy driveway:

Red Fox Skidmark in Snow

Red Fox Skidmark in Snow

Turkeys travel in flocks:

Turkey Tracks in Snow

Turkey Tracks in Snow

And sometimes monsters stride the Earth:

Mary Track in Snow

Mary Track in Snow

Seeing as how it wouldn’t be a suitable blog post without some numbers, here’s a 1 foot / 30 cm scale with fox and turkey tracks:

Turkey and Fox Tracks in Snow with Ruler

Turkey and Fox Tracks in Snow with Ruler

Those are scary-big birds!

Merry Christmas to all!

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