Nature’s Newspaper, Snow Section

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Snow creates a wonderful Nature Newspaper! Identifying tracks in the snow can be more difficult than one would expect. Google showed me that rabbit tracks and squirrel tracks look sort of similar. There was only one set of tracks in the road so I couldn’t analyze a repeating pattern. My final decision was ‘rabbit’.  But I will look again this afternoon to see if there are more clues.

Per Google: Rabbit tracks are one of the most commonly seen after a snow. Look for the repeating bound patterns. (Based on the pictures on Google, the tracks above were not made by a bounding rabbit.) Each group of 4 tracks tends to form a tall, thin rectangle. Squirrel bound patterns tend to be much more blocky. Rabbits also have small round toes and fur covered feet while squirrels have long fingers. (I could not see ‘fingers’.)

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Meanwhile back at the piliated woodpecker’s favorite tree there is more news about its feeding activity. It snowed Saturday. I didn’t walk Sunday. This morning there were lots of new wood chips on the snow. So we can conclude that the piliated had a meal here sometime between Saturday evening and Monday morning.

Another ‘newspaper’ article to watch for is bird nest locations, easy to spot in bare trees. Now if I could just learn to identify the nests…

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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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