So I went out for a walk after work to enjoy the fresh snow that had fallen overnight and right away stumbled upon some tracks begging to be followed. What initially appeared at a glance a deer walking through the old field turned out not to be. A minute into looking at these not so deer tracks I see the trail goes along the top of a fallen over tree. Interesting… a little further as I climb the hill and head back into the swamp I can see the claw marks where they where dragging in the snow. Then the trail takes an almost ninety degree turn at a small stump. Hmmm I get over there to see and I am rewarded with fresh urine! The stump had been marked by friend as he traveled off into the swamp veering away from the edge of the woods. I headed into the swamp to find the trail diverge and after looking around continued on the most recent trail down into the swamp and got rewarded with a nice print frozen into the ice next to thawed water with just the hint of a skunk cabbage rising from the swamp. After feeling the track for awhile I headed down into the swamp and scouted around a blowdown to see if our friend has bedded down there before. Someone else has by the one set of tracks coming in from another way. I was running out of time so I headed back to check the scent marked stump and get a good wiff. Woah!! Yup that is pungent. I was thinking about a fox making this trail remembering It’s mating season and wondering the length of his gait. Sadly it was time to go so I headed back, jumping the old barbed wire fence and cutting across the field.
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I am starting this Blog to share some of my nature stories and photos. Enjoy…..