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10-7-15  mystery photo 091Who has been here and what have they been doing? Please submit your answers as “comments” on my Naturally Curious blog. Interpretation will be tomorrow’s post. Thank you!

47 responses

  1. Jim

    Squirrel burying or digging nuts or seeds.

    October 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

  2. Dana

    Skunk rooting for grubs?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:23 am

  3. Joan

    Skunks digging grubs?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:25 am

  4. David Thomas-Train

    deer stomping about

    October 20, 2015 at 8:26 am

  5. Just a guess: red squirrels burying seeds? (I noticed the pine needles; I know they’re denizens of the pines, like the ones behind my property.)

    October 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

  6. Kathie Fiveash

    Gray squirrel caching nuts?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

  7. Tamara Lickfield

    I say skunks as we had one doing this last night in our yard. Looking for grubs!

    October 20, 2015 at 8:40 am

  8. Pat Ladd

    Skunks looking for grubs…

    October 20, 2015 at 8:42 am

  9. skunks looking for grubs?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

  10. skunks? looking for grubs?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

  11. Gail P.

    Those holes look like the ones the squirrels leave as they look for acorn staches.

    Love your posts!

    October 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

  12. Marilyn McVicker

    Turkeys rooting? Foraging?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:59 am

  13. Eileen Ryan

    Turtle hatch

    October 20, 2015 at 9:13 am

  14. This is a really tough one, because both squirrels and skunks have been very busy excavating my lawn, and they both leave holes that look like this. Now, if the holes were much larger, I would be certain — CHICKENS! (My chickens are digging craters where the squirrels and skunks have not made their more modest efforts. {sigh})

    October 20, 2015 at 9:18 am

  15. Treah

    I have 2 guesses….squirrels digging &/or burying or flickers hunting for insects.

    October 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

  16. Grace

    A skunk

    October 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

  17. Nannette

    looks like a skunk got a yellow jacket or hornet nest.

    October 20, 2015 at 9:31 am

  18. Maynard Wheeler

    My dog searching for voles!

    October 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

  19. Diane

    I smell a skunk!! Eat as many grubs as you want!

    October 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

  20. Jeannie Killam

    Skunks grubbing?

    October 20, 2015 at 10:02 am

  21. Edie Posselt

    Skunks looking for grubs, etc. Squirrels burying nuts, or wild pigs!!!

    October 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

  22. Caroline

    A mole or vole at work?

    October 20, 2015 at 10:40 am

  23. Jackie

    I have seen this in the forest. Sometimes when a mushroom is growing, it pushes up through the pine needles to get closer to the light and makes a tent-like shape in the pine needles. This reminds me of that–plus the V-shape of an animal’s snout (deer? skunk?) trying to get at the mushroom and eat one.

    October 20, 2015 at 10:40 am

  24. Cheron barton

    Another challenge!!👍👍🏼

    Sent from my iPhone


    October 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

  25. Joel Snider

    Humans picking mushrooms

    October 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

  26. Looks like the holes chipmunks leave to bury their winter cache.

    Elizabeth Terp

    October 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

  27. Stephen Maddock

    Probably skunks looking for grubs, but I wouldn’t rule out squirrels looking for conifer cones.

    October 20, 2015 at 11:09 am

  28. Perhaps a clan of chipmunks have been stashing seeds and food away for winter?

    October 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  29. Tami

    Skunks rooting for grubs.

    October 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  30. Sally

    Skunks have left holes all over our lawn. This looks like the same thing. Can’t believe there are any grubs left.

    October 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  31. Jan Griffin

    Squirrels burying nuts.

    October 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm

  32. Bill On The Hill...

    Red squirrel digging up his nuts or caching them away…

    October 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

  33. Dareth

    I would guess a squirrel burying its nut caches.

    October 20, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  34. Jack Nelson

    skunk foraging for worms and grubs?

    October 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm

  35. Ron Willoughby

    Red squirrels have been looking for and/or burying beech nuts.

    October 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

  36. Nancy Malcolm

    Skunks looking for grubs, etc.

    October 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

  37. Squirrels!

    October 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  38. Chris

    I go with the skunks rooting for grubs.

    October 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  39. Phyllis Sise

    Skunks looking for grubs?

    October 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm

  40. Jean Harrison

    skunks looking for grubs

    October 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  41. From the looks of this mystery my guess is that a creature, possibly a hungry bear, has torn apart a hornet’s nest to get at some larva.

    October 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm

  42. Skunk twizzles, from a night of grubbing around.

    October 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    • “Twizzles” – PERFECT name for them!

      October 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  43. Laurie Gelb

    Hi Mary, I wondered if you ever teach nature journaling? I am trying to start recording my observations and would love to have a few lessons perhaps. Do you ever do this kind of thing?

    Thank you so much. I love your blog and will contribute again. It is so worthwhile!


    Laurie Gelb

    October 21, 2015 at 12:08 am

  44. Mary Offutt

    Skunks digging for grubs

    October 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

  45. sara hart

    skunk – digging for bugs?

    October 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

  46. I am late to the party, but I will say it is red squirrels. I say that because this is what they do in my backyard. I have no idea what they retrieving from the little caves they create, but they sure do enjoy it!

    May 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

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