Crossing the Tracks

The chipmunks along the riverbank are usually heard rather than seen.  But this fellow has appeared every so often along the train tracks.  He always moved on in the past but this time adopted the time-tested ploy of freezing in …

Dirty Feet

The river has been rising and falling as first snow melt and then rain storms have filled its banks.  The area next to one of the run off drains is clear but entirely mud now that the water level is …

Exaggerated Tracks

An animal crossed the river, leaving tracks behind.  Then the snow must have been scoured away from the edges, which were damp and perhaps frozen.  It left these very lumpy tracks across the river, probably significantly exaggerating the size of …

Climbing Tracks

An animal has crossed the snow and climbed up the far river bank.  I wonder if it’s the fox, as you can see where the snow was rubbed lower by the animal’s belly.  The paw prints are too small to …

Three Tracks Meet

One might expect the animal tracks across the river to appear in different places so that smaller animals avoided predators.  I had to smile when I saw these three tracks meet in the middle of the ice, like a T …

Small Prints

A small tussock was covered with snow and these animal tracks ran across it.  I am guessing something like a field mouse but it’s hard to know.  The snow was deep but firm, and there were tracks all up and …

Odd Prints

The snow highlights animal tracks and their paths, making them far more visible in winter than in summer.  I am starting to see the thoroughfares of the rabbits and other small creatures, as well as get a sense for where …

Paths Observed

There is a small ditch that leads to a drainpipe that runs below the tarmacadam path.  I have noticed on rainy days that the grass at the mouth of the pipe – which is probably a foot or 18 inches …

New Pathways

I have been watching for animal paw prints to start crossing the ice.  It is amazing to me, though, how quickly the ice is solid enough to hold small mammals.  It is hard to tell wild from domestic along the …

Snow Prints

The snow is mostly gone now.  It’s bitterly cold but all the plants are uncovered.  I saw some rabbit prints before it disappeared.  They frequently hop across the path although I typically see them in the grey dawn just on …