Animal Tracks in Snow #1 of 4

Asked January 14, 2018, 4:33 PM EST

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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