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Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

COYOTE SCAT

Scat (animal droppings) is one of the signs that can tell you not only what animal has been around, but what they recently dined on. Finding it is not much of a trick in winter, as it is so obvious against the white snow, and is often deposited on a structure that sticks up, such as a stump along a trail or at the junction of two trails. Yesterday and today I was tracking coyotes, and came upon scat which certainly demonstrated how opportunistic a predator coyotes are. One scat (found in the middle of a snowmobile trail) was filled with what I believe are the hairs of a snowshoe hare, which is not surprising, seeing as their population is booming around here, and they are a main prey of coyotes. The other scat was as dark as the snowshoe hair scat was light – close examination leads me to believe it has to be the hair of a striped skunk – a vast majority of the hairs are pitch black, with an occasional white one thrown in. I have read that coyotes will occasionally prey on skunks, and skunks are definitely out and about now – but I ‘ll bet it isn’t the meal of choice.

 

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