Friday, February 6, 2015

Footprints in the snow

The snow has almost gone, hereabouts.

One of the delights of a fresh snowfall is the sudden appearance of animal tracks, that reveal just how much activity is going on in a seemingly empty winter landscape. Here are a few from earlier this week.


A field mouse, hopping from top to bottom of the picture - you can see the line where it dragged its long tail in the snow.



A grey squirrel, with those prominent claws used for climbing


A moorhen, with that little sideways-facing spur at the back of its foot


A grey partridge. The line between the footprints is where the claw on the long central toe has dragged through the deep snow



A pheasant - similar to a partridge but larger, with a longer stride


A domestic goose - big webbed feet


Mallard duck, webbed-feet turned inwards as it waddled






































The ubiquitous rabbit. Fore-feet are placed one in front of the other when they lands, then longer, larger back feet overtake them before they land.









4 comments:

  1. Enjoyed this series Phil.

    Animal track ID isn't my strongest point, so these were very helpful.

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    1. Saw the animals making these Keith, otherwise I wouldn't have been too confident

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