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.
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.
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.
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.
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.