Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Animal Tracks...

Jack and I are such Nature lovers...  we love to try to identify wild animal tracks in the snow... (which, by the way we have PLENTY of now... it can stop anytime... please! we have another blizzard again today!)... all kinds of little critters live here...  some in our own yard... some down the trail... deer, raccoons, porcupines, squirrels, foxes, muskrats, beavers, badgers... the list goes on and on...  this terrible winter weather we are having makes it awfully hard on all of them too...  recently, I showed you a number of my gardening books...  I also have a huge collection of Nature books...  one of my favorites is "The Complete Tracker" by Len McDougall...  here, you will find valuable photos and info on how to track and identify the animals in your neck of the woods...

Here's some tracks we came across this morning...  can you identify them?...

Let's check my book and see if we can find out who is having a party in the snow today...  is it a badger?...  you start by counting the number of toes, and also the length of their toenails...  nope, not a badger...

Could it be a porcupine?...  nope, not that either... not even close...

How about a beaver?... they love the stream down the lane and around the bend...  sorry...  not a beaver... but beavers are so "dam" cute though!... (sorry... couldn't resist saying that!)...

Oooh look!... there's our little track~making wild critter now!...

She thinks she's pretty darn cute too...  she's right...  xoxo...  Julie Marie  PS  THANKS Filly and Ellie for the homemade peach cobbler today... it's delish!!!



  1. Interesting post! That's a fantastic book. Somehow I had a feeling those tracks were sweet Tessy's...she clearly loves the outdoors like her mom!


    P.S. Another blizzard??!

  2. Wow! She really does look like a WILD one!!! One that would lick you to death if she found you in the wild. Love it, Julie Marie. All we see around here are rabbits and squirrels, an occasional raccoon and the cat next door.

    It is snowing hard here- and starting to blow. We are up to 6" with a few more coming-ugh- xo Diana

  3. She certainly is right!! Hugs and kisses to sweet Tessy xo
    You are just like me - I am fascinated by tracks in the snow ...I need this book ...there have been some unusual animal tracks in our garden & I'd love to know what they are :-)
    Tessy looks warm and cozy in her red jacket ♥

  4. She is a cutie pie. I have deer tracks outside all the time-they eat my roses. It is so hot here the hot air is hitting a cold front and we are having tornadoes.

  5. What fun, Julie Marie! We have all sorts of furry creatures that trek through our property, too. And of course, Maizie Grace has to stick her nose in every single pawprint. lol!

    Hope the snow stops up there for you soon. We're supposed to get 6-10" here between tomorrow and Saturday. Ugh....

    xoxo laurie

  6. You are just too cute!
    Your post made me chuckle, just what I needed. Thank you.

    Stop by to enter my giveaway, if you haven't already...there's one day left.
    Ciao Bella
    Creative Carmelina

  7. So cute Julie Marie! Wild is right :)

    Hoping you are staying warm and cozy down there in UT my friend.

    I loved your last post and seeing that we have many of the same garden books.
    sending hugs your way...

  8. Tessy is the cutest of all those critters. What a great book to help identify tracks! Hopefully your snow will stop soon. Wishing you a wonderful day.