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1-19-18 mystery photo 049A2150Who has been here and what have they been doing?  (Hint: inset photo is of Sensitive Fern, Onoclea sensibilis, fertile frond & spores)

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44 responses

  1. Lynn

    Bobcat scenting?

    January 19, 2018 at 7:58 am

    • Karen Jackson

      So, I am new to this – do we ever get confirmation of what it is?

      February 17, 2018 at 1:46 pm

  2. Cheryl E. Ring

    Wild Turkeys gleaning spores?

    January 19, 2018 at 7:59 am

  3. Alice Pratt

    No wonder small rodents reproduce so quickly & frequently…they eat ‘fertile fronds & spores!’

    January 19, 2018 at 8:02 am

  4. Some creatures wanting to eat the seeds..birds (crows?), weasels? <–wild (no pun intended) quess on my part.

    January 19, 2018 at 8:07 am

  5. Deer sleeping and browsing.

    January 19, 2018 at 8:09 am

  6. Liz Nelson

    Wild Turkeys?

    January 19, 2018 at 8:12 am

  7. Gail Cameron

    Ruffed grouse ?

    January 19, 2018 at 8:14 am

  8. teachdad46

    Clearly a pack of teen age deer carousing and generally behaving like teens. Scenes like this will disappear if and when Apple figures out how to make an iPhone for ungulates…

    January 19, 2018 at 8:15 am

    • Oh that’s the best answer … those darn teenage deer !

      January 19, 2018 at 7:03 pm

  9. susantcloutier

    I would guess voles and mice out at night feasting on the spores.

    January 19, 2018 at 8:18 am

  10. Elves dancing the cold and wearing ferns on their heads. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    January 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

    • Alice Pratt

      😂 very visually appealing!

      January 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

    • That was my second guess ;-).

      January 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

  11. Joy Crucitti

    Turkeys?

    January 19, 2018 at 8:31 am

  12. Char Delabar

    >

    January 19, 2018 at 8:36 am

  13. Julir

    Turkeys – they’ve been feeding on the ferns.

    January 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

  14. Brooke beaird

    Turkeys

    January 19, 2018 at 8:45 am

  15. Sue Wetmore

    Ruffed grouse?

    January 19, 2018 at 8:53 am

  16. Elizabeth Hall

    Turkeys foraging?

    January 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

  17. Betsy Janeway

    Snowshoe Hares!

    January 19, 2018 at 9:10 am

  18. dp

    Beaver having a snack on a warm day?

    January 19, 2018 at 9:25 am

  19. Kathy Schillemat

    Turkeys eating sensitive fern fronds.

    January 19, 2018 at 9:30 am

  20. Sally

    Turkeys

    January 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

  21. Trisha dinstan

    Partridge ?

    January 19, 2018 at 9:37 am

  22. My guess is grouse feeding on the ferns?

    January 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

  23. Susan Fraser

    Large area and lots of footprints; I’m thinking large birds, likely turkeys, and whoever else crashed the party to eat the ferns.

    January 19, 2018 at 9:44 am

  24. Alan M Stoops

    Wild turkeys feeding on sensitive fern spores.

    January 19, 2018 at 9:48 am

  25. Kathryn

    hungry partridge?

    January 19, 2018 at 10:03 am

  26. Marie

    Rabbits

    January 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

  27. Jean Bergstrom

    Hard to tell from the picture what the tracks are, but once I found Wild Turkey eating sensitive fern like this. So that’s my guess.

    January 19, 2018 at 10:26 am

  28. Pat

    My guess is turkeys.

    January 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

  29. beaver having dragged branches through here ?

    January 19, 2018 at 10:48 am

  30. Sandy

    Wild Turkey

    January 19, 2018 at 10:55 am

  31. I can hardly wait to hear if it is the Turkeys!!

    January 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

  32. Maggy

    Looks like a turkey trot to me.

    January 19, 2018 at 11:52 am

  33. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… Before clicking on your web-site & actually viewing the photo or the fern inset, one animal came to mind, ” The Wild Turkey ” as I still maintain that opinion.
    I have watched them for many years now subsisting on fern fronds & many other edibles as well.
    I have seen large groups of them feasting on fall’s apples in the dead of winter in my apple trees too…
    The Turkey is one resilient bird for sure, ugly yes, but tough as nails, they find a way to survive…
    Great post as usual Mary.
    Thank you,
    Bill Farr… :>)

    January 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

  34. Connie Snyder

    Wild Turkeys. I watched them do the same thing here a few days ago.

    January 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm

  35. I can’t see the tracks well, but looks like turkeys were nipping the fertile fronds.

    January 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm

  36. Dorian Gossy

    I just had a bunch of tracks like this show up in the frozen wetland part of my land & traced them to thin snow-cover tracks of turkeys. They are gathering around little plants like this & leaving feeding crumbs on the snow.

    January 19, 2018 at 4:07 pm

  37. Bob Pulaski

    Wild turkeys – they are hitting my ferns heavily.

    January 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm

  38. At first it looked like narrow rodent trails, but I see feather markings, and I don’t think rodents would cause that size disturbance. I would think turkeys would sink in the snow and leave larger, clearer tracks. The feather marks in snow make me think grouse.

    January 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

  39. Jean Harrison

    Grouse eating fern

    January 20, 2018 at 12:36 am

  40. Tim W.

    The last 5 days i have been seeing 4 Tom turky’s strip the seeds of the ferns .Then go to my bird feeders for dropped seeds ‘

    January 20, 2018 at 5:33 am

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