Living in a rural setting means you have lots of visitors to your garden on a daily and nightly basis. I’ve often thought how much fun it would be to have a yard cam to video the nightly going ons.
Once the snow hits the ground there is no more sneaking around undetected. Everybody, regardless of size leaves their footprints for all to see. I’m always on the look out for snow tracks as they tell the story of just who has been tiptoeing through our garden.
These are California Quail tracks. Not native to our area they were introduced by man quite some time ago from California. Apparently we are their most northern nesting grounds. They live with us year round and are the most entertaining birds I know.
Mr Black Bear should be sleeping by now. It’s a little late in the season for him to be still skulking around our apiary. His tracks led straight to the hives but the electric fence is on and I’m sure he didn’t like it. No damage done this time and hopefully he got the hint to go to bed.
The Mice make a veritable highway with all their tracks. From bush to bush and straight for their hide out, this old stump. No mystery here. They are holed up in this old pine stump for the winter.
Our Brown Squirrels leaves the cutest tracks of all. They look like a perfect little human foot print. We don’t always see our squirrels in the winter but it’s been quite mild so they are still relatively active.
There is no mistaking the Deer tracks, which are everywhere. With so many deer their paths crisscross all over the farm. I honestly don’t know what they still find to nibble on in the garden. As we have very little snow they are having an easy winter so far.
These tracks are new to us. They look almost like a cat’s but there have never been any domestic cats around here, too many coyote for that. Also there is one too many toes for a cat. We’re thinking probably a ferret but not positive.