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The circles are roughly a foot in diameter, the tracks approximately 1/2″.

42 responses

  1. I tried to post “crow” but it wouldn’t let me post for some reason!



    February 1, 2021 at 7:59 am

  2. Kathryn Dean

    Meadow Vole

    February 1, 2021 at 8:08 am

  3. Jean Bergstrom

    I hope this shows up, I tried earlier. I first posted shrew dancing, but then came the track size. I wish I knew how deep the snow is in the photo. I now think it is vole dancing!

    February 1, 2021 at 8:08 am

  4. Sandra DeRosa


    February 1, 2021 at 8:08 am

  5. First thought was crow, but up close they look more like paw prints than bird tracks. 1/2″ print is too small for crow anyway, and big for mouse/vole etc. Other than that, I’m stumped. Ermine??

    February 1, 2021 at 8:19 am

  6. Dianne Rochford

    I think it’s a vole!

    February 1, 2021 at 8:29 am

  7. Don mccabe

    A vole searching for food or falling off the wagon?

    February 1, 2021 at 8:39 am

  8. My brain goes to bipedal or quadruped? Then there is size…. hmmm. I see the corn stalks for size… I am going to say a small weasel.

    February 1, 2021 at 8:50 am

  9. No idea, but it is a charming sight!

    February 1, 2021 at 8:53 am

  10. Kit Evans Pfeiffer

    Vole trying to avoid an attack by a predator (owl or hawk)

    February 1, 2021 at 9:09 am

  11. Sarah Frankel

    Fantastic observation! American Crow?

    February 1, 2021 at 9:21 am

  12. I told my little grandchildren (who have many of your wonderful books) that i think it’s a Spiral-Going Goon. I’m sure they’ll disabuse me of that!

    February 1, 2021 at 9:22 am

  13. Alice

    I was thinking a crow, as well….I have no idea what this animal is doing, walking in circles…Mary must be chuckling!

    February 1, 2021 at 9:28 am

  14. Trish

    Did some one make a design of crumbs to find their way home?

    February 1, 2021 at 9:39 am

  15. Polly Forcier

    A mouse with a long tail.

    February 1, 2021 at 9:54 am

  16. Something with alternating stride, but I have no idea what! What a cool thing to find!

    February 1, 2021 at 10:08 am

  17. Louise

    Perhaps a vole (I see the tail marks) communicating it’s own sense of the timing of spring’s arrival for those who traditionally look to groundhogs on 2/2 ? I look forward to seeing the April Fools’ Day post !

    February 1, 2021 at 10:15 am

  18. Stein

    A vole with a brain parasite? A stroke? Too many fermented grapes? The post has ME running around in circles! What a very fun find!

    February 1, 2021 at 10:23 am

  19. Barry Avery

    Whatever it is, it is obviously drunk.

    February 1, 2021 at 10:51 am

    • Robyn Deveney

      Hahaha! The elephant in the room… I was thinking the same thing. Fermented corn?

      February 1, 2021 at 10:57 am

  20. Can I throw my hat into the ring again, I had also meant to say in my last entry was something totally different…. Is this a Ruffed Grouse?

    February 1, 2021 at 10:52 am

  21. moscowwoods


    February 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm

  22. Nelson

    I’ll guess mink. In all my days outdoors I have not seen anything like these circles

    February 1, 2021 at 1:27 pm

  23. Gail Coffey

    I believe it is an ermine as the track pattern and behavior looks “ermine” like and is most likely looking for voles.

    February 1, 2021 at 2:40 pm

  24. Tracks of a diseased rodent

    February 1, 2021 at 2:56 pm

  25. Kathy Schillemat

    Aliens, of course. Winter’s version of crop circles.

    February 1, 2021 at 3:10 pm

  26. John Groleau

    someone who has spent too much time covid house bound!

    February 1, 2021 at 4:17 pm

  27. Dorian Gossy


    February 1, 2021 at 4:20 pm

  28. Betsy bobo

    A field mouse?

    February 1, 2021 at 4:24 pm

  29. Catherine Fisher


    February 1, 2021 at 5:01 pm

  30. Michael

    a pheasant displaying its finery

    February 1, 2021 at 6:17 pm

  31. Haven’t a clue!!!!!! LoveKay

    Sent from my iPhone


    February 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm

  32. Hugh Schultz

    Medium size bird with 1/2 inch track Blue jay or Morning Dove

    February 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    • Hugh Schultz

      walking rather than hopping

      February 3, 2021 at 12:44 pm

  33. Stein

    A short-tailed weasel looking for something tasty that’s under the snow eating the leftover corn…? I am puzzled by what looks to be alternating footprints… Can’t wait for the answer!

    February 1, 2021 at 8:56 pm

  34. A piece of cornstalk eddying in the wind??

    February 1, 2021 at 9:46 pm

  35. Hugh Schultz

    looks to be a two legged critter left right left. Looking for corn.

    February 2, 2021 at 12:36 pm

  36. Seeing the case being made for a two-legged critter, I amend my guess to “drunken gnome.” 😃

    February 2, 2021 at 1:22 pm

  37. Hi Mary- I’m checking to see if I can reach you via this email. I have a question for you regarding a squirrel nesting inside a tree in my backyard. -Donna Ward

    On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 7:57 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” The circles are roughly a foot in diameter, the > tracks approximately 1/2″. ” >

    February 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

  38. Julie

    Before reading others’ responses, I’m going to go with vole.

    February 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    • Julie

      Or bird

      February 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

  39. Louise

    Now I wonder if the tracks could possibly come from BELOW the snow?

    February 3, 2021 at 9:15 pm

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