Becky's Squares

January Squares: Up #9

Old tracks down the slope, fresh tracks Up the slope.

This is my day 9 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Tracks in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

January Squares: Up #9

14 replies on “January Squares: Up #9”

I thought it was strange that it appeared to be an animals regular route but some time apart. Which thinking about it now could mean both sets of tracks were going in the same direction.

I seem to think that I checked the tracks and decided they were going in opposite directions but the wind blurring the snow on the old set could be deceiving.

They were quite small, no bigger than a Red Fox. Less than a quarter of the size of the Grey Wolf tracks we saw a few years ago.

I wonder if an animal might be able to follow its own tracks in the snow to avoid getting lost. There seems no reason to stick to that route – the snow around seems undulating but quite even.

I was intrigued when I saw them. We get plenty of tracks in the snow most of the winter but two parallel sets some time apart is unusual.

I’d be more likely to think humans would choose the exact route both ways (or even one way). How curious that an animal/s walked that same path when there’s so much open space on either side.

I do wonder if it was moving between winter shelters. Our local winter human population is probably a tenth of the summer population so there’s lots of decks, sheds and trailers an animal can shelter under.

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