Tracks in Snow: Wildlife Activity at Daybreak

I got up at first light and hit the trail before sun-up.I’d hoped to capture a glimpse of wildlife. But I’m just as happy to have photos of tracks in a dusting of snow. By the time I finished my hike, many of the tracks were gone.

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This photo captures the track pattern of a fox running, the pattern of a squirrel bounding, and if you look carefully along the left, you can see the tracks of a tiny rodent – maybe a shrew or a vole.

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It’s handy to find coyote tracks and fox tracks side by side on this abandoned woods road. Coyotes are bigger and heavier. If I had better tracking skills, I’d be able to tell who was out first and who was traveling with a mate.

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Raccoon tracks are easily visible. But along the top of the screen you can see fox and rabbit tracks.
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The tiny rodent traveled out and back across the trail, stepping in rabbit tracks. I have no idea if they ventured out before or after the coyote trotted by.

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One advantage of a dusting of snow, is the chance to see details, like the toe ridges, heel pads and claw marks of this squirrel track.

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    1. JJ Murphy
      JJ Murphy April 4, 2009 at 8:45 PM #

      From the tracks you saw, you’re out west and likely much further north.

      I checked out your website. We really do have many interests in common.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    2. Esmaa Self April 5, 2009 at 12:12 AM #

      Yes, I’m in northern Colorado. We live on the eastern side of the Rockies (the Front Range), though our love of high altitude hiking takes us around the state.

      I just put an RSS feed of your blog on mine.

    3. JJ Murphy
      JJ Murphy April 6, 2009 at 10:18 AM #

      Thanks so much for your support Esmaa. It’s good to know when someone else is investing their heart and soul in sustainable living.

      I’ll be visiting your site as well. Colorado is magnificent. I haven’t been out west in a while, so your writing will be the next best thing.

      Blessings,

      JJ

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