Animal tracks in the snow

As you probably know, those of us in the northeast got wolloped three times (so far) this winter with buckets of snow. It’s always cool to get up in the morning and see what’s been in the yard overnight. Because we try to keep our property as natural as possible, we tend to attract the wildlife that used to call this area home. And the neighborhood’s domesticated life seems to find it attractive, too.

This time I took a few shots of some of the tracks our visitors left behind.

A friendly bird made his way the whole way up to our back door stoop. We’ve seen a bunch of different species at our bird feeder this winter:

  • Northern Cardinals
  • Black-capped Chickadees
  • Bluejays
  • Mourning Doves
  • Dark-eyed Juncos
  • Tufted Titmouses (Titmice?) and
  • House Finches

One of our many bunnies who make their summer nests in the bushes in our front yard.

We also have a lot of white-tailed deer wandering through all year long. They like the crabapples and any new tree or plant growth we have going. When we find a sapling we’d like to keep, we have to protect it with a wire fence until it’s big enough that the deer won’t destroy it.

This is likely our neighbor’s cat. He’s black and a very funny hunter; he never catches anything. He does the crouching down and wiggling his butt thing and then he pounces. Within a few seconds he emerges from the tall grass and walks away as if he meant to miss.

This one we’re still working on. We do have skunks, but they would still be hibernating right now. We’ve seen a weasle run through the yard once, so we’re expecting this was him (or possibly a friend). The track was about the size of a cat’s track, but the five toes makes it very distinctive.

We’re not too sure about this one.