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Mystery Photo

3-14-18 mystery photo2 063This is one of my favorite late winter/early spring animal signs. So much so that readers who have been following Naturally Curious for four or more years may well recollect who made this two-foot-wide trail of tracks in the woods. To respond, please go to my blog ( and click on “Comments.”

On another note, my apologies for the lack of a post Monday. Computer malfunction prevented me from posting.

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44 responses

  1. Looks like the tracks of an opposum (sp.) dragging a sled with runners (remember those?)

    March 14, 2018 at 8:59 am

    • Alice Pratt

      That’s funny! I was thinking a Mommy Raccoon pulling her babes in a sled!

      March 14, 2018 at 10:03 am

  2. Penny Jessop

    Tom turkey dragging his tail?

    March 14, 2018 at 9:01 am

    • Sandra DeRosa

      Good idea

      March 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

    • Leda Beth Gray

      I thought of that too.

      March 14, 2018 at 11:05 am

  3. Clyde

    Early eager beaver harvesting a spring snack.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:03 am

    • Sandra DeRosa

      Ah, I see we had the same idea

      March 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

  4. sthomas

    something fat like otter, porcupine?

    March 14, 2018 at 9:14 am

  5. Sandra DeRosa

    Maybe a beaver dragging a stick? And the two tracks are the ends of the stick dragging?

    March 14, 2018 at 9:18 am

  6. Don mccabe

    Beaver biting off more than he can chew.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

  7. Jon Bravo

    I would agree that it is likely a beaver dragging a newly fallen branch back to it’s house.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:24 am

  8. Sally

    A male turkey strutting his stuff for for the female, like a spring feather dance.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:26 am

  9. Bradley Wheeler

    Is that a big old tom turkey struttin’ his stuff?

    March 14, 2018 at 9:26 am

  10. Mary Hillsgrove

    Beaver dragging a bunch of sticks

    March 14, 2018 at 9:32 am

  11. david

    Grouse displaying?

    March 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

  12. Kathy Schillemat

    Beaver dragging brush.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

  13. Sue Wetmore

    I’m picking a strutting tom turkey.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:49 am

  14. Barb

    Male turkey strutting

    March 14, 2018 at 9:58 am

  15. Alice Pratt

    Glad it was computer problems, Mary…I thought oh, no, Mary is sick!

    March 14, 2018 at 10:04 am

  16. Jean Dedam

    A tom turkey dragging his wings

    March 14, 2018 at 10:05 am

  17. hellomolly

    Yup, I was going to guess a male turkey too. I saw two of them showing off to each other in the middle of Route 143 in Worthington yesterday! Their blue faces are amazing too! Mary, do you know, is a female always watching to decide who is the best? Otherwise how do the males determine who the winner is?

    March 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

    • It’s my understanding that the males strut around a female and she selects the male of choice.

      March 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

  18. Trisha Dunstan

    I am guessing it is a Tom Turkey .

    March 14, 2018 at 10:20 am

  19. Jon Binhammmer

    Turkey sinking into deep snow, thus dragging wings as it moves.

    March 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

  20. Annie A Clark

    I once witnessed a fox dragging a turkey across my lawn. The turkeys wings were open and was causing a lot of resistance for the fox. Would have left a track similar to this had there been snow on the ground….

    March 14, 2018 at 10:39 am

  21. Something with outriggers. Like a snowmobile. Displaying tom comes to mind, but all those footprints? such precise outer tracks?

    March 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

  22. Susan and Dean

    Snapping turtle dragging its tail over the snow!

    March 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

  23. Kathie Fiveash

    Turkey tracks. I think there are two turkeys walking next to each other. Not sure what the tracks in the middle are though. Hmm.

    March 14, 2018 at 10:55 am

  24. Chris

    Porcupine comes to mind, coming and going?

    March 14, 2018 at 11:59 am

  25. Lucy Hull

    Beaver replenishing food supply?

    March 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

  26. Tom turkey strutting his stuff!

    March 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

  27. Jane crandell

    Looks like the tracks of our porcupine named Pablo who visits every early evening!

    March 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

  28. Bill On The Hill...

    Bottom, center foreground, bobcat, trailing a wild turkey.
    Bill Farr… 🙂

    March 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

  29. Karen

    Tom Turkey strutting his stuff !!

    March 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm

  30. Jay

    Tom Turkey showing what he is made of.

    March 14, 2018 at 4:42 pm

  31. Josie and Jim

    A tom turkey thinking about a mate.

    March 14, 2018 at 4:46 pm

  32. Amy

    Is it a male turkey chasing a lady friend with his wings fluffed and dragging on the snow??

    March 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm

  33. Julie


    March 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

  34. Mary Sterling

    I’m thinking porcupine. Footsteps in the middle, quill drag marks on the outside.

    March 14, 2018 at 7:19 pm

  35. A cross-country skiing “woodland creature!”

    March 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm

  36. I think it is probably a male turkey dragging his wings in the snow as he struts. In the center are his footprints. Not sure why they are degraded; maybe just the weight of the big guy.

    March 14, 2018 at 8:32 pm

  37. Ken Hatch

    I think the mystery photo tracks are tracks make by a male turkey. It is getting close to their mating season and they strut around with their tail fanned out and their wings dragging on the ground or snow in this case.

    March 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

  38. Gaylee Amend

    Is there such a thing as a turtle out this time of year?

    March 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

  39. Turkey trying to impress the ladies

    March 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm

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