We've recently blogged about the hare that came past.... but there were more traces of animal and bird activity to tell us who was around.
|Vole tracks under the snow....|
How do we know the difference? Well, voles tend to create runs in the long grass and thick vegetation... mice tend to keep to the clearer spaces.... so our thoughts are directed by their behaviour. Why were we certain about the mouse... splayed back feet prints and a drag line from the tail.
|...Mice above [it hops more than walks].|
|A fox trotting... paw marks inline.|
We had a fox that came into the bottom corner of the verger, did a short circuit toward the bief and returned almost the same route and over the fence... those tracks were totally different from the coypu [ragondin] tram lines where they had journeyed in convoy from the bief to the fence line... where longer grass had left pockets of vegetation exposed.
|The coypu rocks along as it walks...|
|... here though you can see the lines caused by two tails... |
a pair of youngsters went along here [the other tracks are hare].
|The vole hole is at the top... just beside a line of pheasant tracks.|
You can see that these tracks are very different from those left by a field mouse.
|You can see the hole here at the right... |
you can also see the toes in the pheasant track.
We followed and found why they hadn't returned... it had become supper for an owl.
Like we said... you can learn a lot about who is around and what they are doing.