Animal Tracks in Snow #1 of 4
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:
Faribault County Minnesota
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