16 January 2006

Lunch hour animal tracking

A noon walk one day last week along Paint Branch, a creek in College Park, Maryland, produced a set of very fine racoon (Procyon lotor) prints in the damp sand; the finest I've seen.

There were also a bunch of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) tracks also in the sand on the flood plain of the creek. They were quite distinct, indicating that they had been made recently, probably the nite before.

Finally, in the small and much degraded wooded lot along the creek I chanced upon the leftovers from someone who had apparently dined on a little bird. A knowledgeable friend identified the feathers as those of a downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).

Previous posts featured tracks of raccoons in mud and of deer in snow.

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