Faribault County, Minnesota

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Animal Tracks in Snow #1 of 4

Greetings!
My name is Wanda and I'll be sending 4 submissions.

On New Year's Day 2018 Mom noticed unusual tracks in her yard. We have songbird tracks, squirrels, rabbits/hares, and occasional cat. She's had raccoons, skunks, opossums, a rare deer, even pheasant. These tracks however, we had not previously seen. She took a series of photos (16 total) though I will send only 12, 3 each in 4 submissions.

Mom lives at the edge of a small town (Wells) on roughly an acre. To her south across the railroad tracks is a residential part of town. To her east is a restaurant and a main highway. To her north across the highway is farm land. To her west is a small grassy area and a trucking business with box trailers on the ground.

She has wind breaks north and west forming a corner: honeysuckle on the outer edge, maple & ash trees middle, evergreens inner line. She has numerous perennial flower gardens (shade & sun), a small rain garden (mainly native), other full grown trees: birch, ash, and willow, plus juniper trees and open yard. On the SW corner she created a "dike" to keep excess rain waters from the grassy area out of her yard. On this she planted excess perennial wildflowers, mostly native.

We feed songbirds year round, and are certified as a wildlife habitat by NWF since we have the 4 criteria: food, water (heated in winter), shelter, nesting sites for young. Most of our birds are residential; in season we are home to some migrants.

Back to the tracks.
This first set of three I'm guessing are hare, maybe squirrel. It looks like two of the feet/paws stay together which makes me think hare. As large as they can be their fur may not disturb the snow. If I am incorrect please let me know and tell me why. I want to learn other identifying indicators for future use.

Next set of three coming up:

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Faribault County Minnesota almost 3 years ago

Animal Tracks in Snow #2 of 4

Greetings!
My name is Wanda and this is the second of 4 submissions.
The first submission includes the details of the location where these tracks were observed.

This second set of three I suspect is a bird of some sort. Outside of a possible injury I have no idea how the bird would have made tracks like this. The marks remind me of a sea turtle pulling itself along the beach sand on its way to the ocean. The indentations are regularly spaced. Feather marks are visible in some of the photos (especially next set). The tracks head for the small juniper, then go from there to the next little tree. The photo showing three little trees and a flower pot also shows a break in the tracks where it looks like the bird hopped and maybe face-planted, then tried again.

If my suspicions are incorrect please let me know and tell me why. I want to learn other identifying indicators for future use.

Third set of three coming up:

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Faribault County Minnesota almost 3 years ago

Animal Tracks in Snow #3 of 4

Greetings!
My name is Wanda and this is the third of 4 submissions.
The first submission includes the details of the location where these tracks were observed.

This third set of three continues the possibly injured bird of some sort. Feather marks are again visible in some of the photos. Another break appears near the two stale muffins Mom threw out where it looks like the bird hopped and face-planted, then tried again.

If my suspicions are incorrect please let me know and tell me why. I want to learn other identifying indicators for future use.

Last set of three coming up:

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Faribault County Minnesota almost 3 years ago

Tying large oaks together?

My home is located in a small grove of large oak trees. I want to tie the ones closest to the house to a few of the outer ones with ropes to prevent damage in the event of a storm. What strength of rope and what type of rope should I use? Also what knots should I use to tie them together? Thanks

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Faribault County Minnesota 4 months ago

Pine cones

I've lived on the farm most of my life and the pine tree outside my door has always dropped pine cones. This week I noticed that the pine cones have the seeds eaten out of them. Is there different wildlife outside that I don't see? Is it a 'tell' that something is going to change in the weather? Thanks

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Faribault County Minnesota 4 months ago

I am looking for a winter hardy disease resistant continuous bloom or...

I am looking for a winter hardy disease resistant continuous bloom or reblooming climber or rambler in a yellow or pink for the south side of our home.

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Faribault County Minnesota almost 6 years ago

Can I plant Asparagus crowns in the fall in Minnesota?

Hello, I am wondering if there is proven success in planting asparagus crowns in the fall? I have time to do it now, would like a head start on the busy spring, and wondering: 1) Any special tips or tricks to planting crowns in the fall? 2) When exactly should I plant them? 3) Should I mulch them heavy? If so, when? 4) Do I still just fill in the trench a couple inches now in the fall, then add dirt to the trench in the spring as the asparagus appears? Thank you.

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Faribault County Minnesota over 3 years ago

Faribault County, Minnesota, USA Photo taken July 25, 2014 The body appears...

Faribault County, Minnesota, USA Photo taken July 25, 2014 The body appears thick and furry, with a hint of a tail or fringe at the end of the body. The antennae do not appear segmented. The wings appear clear and veined with dark edges. The legs appear spurred or feathered. The only color I see is where the wings are attached to the body, and possibly lighter antennae. It landed in front of me in a parking lot, and when I tried to adjust my stance it flew off. This was near a rain garden with blooming coneflower and milkweed. I think it is a Virginia Creeper Clearwing, yes? Not sure if that's something to be concerned about so just thought someone would want to know ...

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Faribault County Minnesota over 6 years ago

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