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1-10-17-mystery-photo-049a2573Who has been here, and what have they been doing (other than depositing their scat)? Individual pellets are ¼” long. Hint:  note marks in snow surrounding scat. Submit answers under “Comments” on Naturally Curious blog.

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24 responses

  1. Tony

    water shrew?

    January 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    I think a chipmunk, although I haven’t seen any in this cold weather.

    January 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

  3. Jeanne

    A squirrel – most likely a red squirrel.

    January 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

  4. Betsy Hawes

    A squirrel, marking location of under-snow nuts or seeds

    January 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

  5. aimee levesque

    Dear Mary Holland,
    The Second Grade class at Putney Central School thinks the Mystery Photo is of mouse scat.

    The Second Grade

    January 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

  6. Victoria Davis

    grouse, turkey??

    January 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

  7. David Thomas-Train

    red squirrel skittering about?

    January 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

  8. Lea

    Red squirrel, on a ‘look out’ post.

    January 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

  9. Kathie Fiveash

    My guess is red squirrel who has been sitting there eating something – maybe bird seed from a feeder? And the feeding activity prompted a little poop.

    January 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

  10. Maureen McCanty

    Might be a skunk

    January 10, 2017 at 9:54 am

  11. Molly Hale

    a vole? But doing what?????

    January 10, 2017 at 10:01 am

  12. Molly Hale

    Oh, maybe eating snow to get water?

    January 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

  13. Midge

    A squirrel, getting water

    January 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

  14. Gail Trenholm

    Squirrel…Chipmunk or grey. Both have scat about 1/4 ” long, and both perch up tp view surrounding area. Red squirrels usually leave a midden(pile of food remains|)

    January 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

  15. Shelley

    Mink or weasel. Marking territory.

    January 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

  16. rachel

    fisher cat

    January 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  17. susantcloutier


    January 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

  18. Tom Zuba

    Squirrel ( Red )

    January 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

  19. Guy Stoye

    White footed mouse…. maybe pivoting around and listening for others nearby

    January 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm

  20. Small scat, small Red Squirrel – I am guessing……

    January 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

  21. Kathy Schillemat

    Mouse or vole coming out of under snow tunnel.

    January 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

  22. Jean


    January 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

  23. Bill On The Hill...

    Before looking at the other guesses, I was going with a grouse, however upon closer examination I will go with the red squirrel crowd based on the snow imprints & the reddish color of hemlock pine cones within the scat…
    Bill Farr

    January 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

  24. Ginger

    little mice, I’d say!

    January 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm

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