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Low Water Levels Provide Palette for Tracks

10-27-16-tracks2-1The low water levels in our ponds this fall do have one benefit – visitors leave obvious signs in the exposed muddy banks. It is fairly astounding how much nocturnal and crepuscular wildlife regularly visits these spots and remains undetected by humans under normal conditions.

 Under cover of darkness, White-tailed Deer, Mink, Raccoons and a variety of birds and small mammals frequently visit and leave traces of their presence in the form of tracks. Other creatures whose tracks you may well find in the exposed mud of wetlands this year include Beavers, Muskrats and River Otters.

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5 responses

  1. Linda

    Well, lets see those photos of beaver, muskrats, and river otters. These are the clearest examples I’ve ever seen. I’m going to keep them and refer to them, and I’d like to add tmore to my collection. Thanks, Mary.

    October 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

  2. Agree…beautifully clear imprints and the muskrat’s with all its delicate detail!

    October 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

  3. mariagianferrari

    Loved these!

    October 27, 2016 at 11:25 am

  4. Diane

    Great to see such clear prints although water levels being low is not so great.

    October 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  5. Looks like my river edge. 🙂

    October 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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