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Using all the information provided above, do you know who has been here and why? If so, enter your answer by scrolling down on the Naturally Curious web page, clicking on “Comments” and writing your answer. Mystery will be solved on Monday, March 8th.

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27 responses

  1. Judy

    Wild turkey

    March 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

    • Judy

      I missed the part about why.. yes, it is burdock. By March, the buds may be available for them.

      March 5, 2021 at 9:09 am

  2. Is it bear scat and a fecal plug? They need to eat certain foods like skunk cabbage to dislodge the plug when they emerge from hibernation. That looks like catkins, but I’m not sure the specific species.

    March 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

    • Oops, looks like a thistle of some sort, not a catkin.

      March 5, 2021 at 8:01 am

  3. Hmmmm, Wild turkeys eating burdock seeds?

    March 5, 2021 at 8:02 am

  4. Alice

    A skunk was here, because it was hungry and likes burr seeds for a snack. 😋

    March 5, 2021 at 8:03 am

  5. Trish Leipold

    Grouse eating burdock

    March 5, 2021 at 8:08 am

  6. Adam Parke

    Wild turkeys feeding on burdock seeds. Our turkeys up here in the Kingdom seem to suddenly love burdock seeds in March, every year.

    March 5, 2021 at 8:12 am

  7. Eric Wegner

    turkey eating burdock seeds

    March 5, 2021 at 8:15 am

  8. Anne Marie

    how about grouse foraging looks like grouse scat , grouse cecal/soft scat also

    March 5, 2021 at 8:16 am

  9. Gretchen Gordon

    I’m on the grouse-eating-burdock team.

    March 5, 2021 at 8:37 am

  10. Rebecca

    Wild turkey with burdock.

    March 5, 2021 at 8:46 am

  11. David Fedor-Cunningham

    Turkey, I have seen them with burdocks on the chests after feeding on the seeds.

    March 5, 2021 at 8:49 am

  12. Gretchen Gordon

    Actually, the way the question is phrased makes me wonder if they’re collecting seed fluff for nesting. Seems early, and snowy, but possible?

    March 5, 2021 at 8:50 am

    • Gretchen Gordon

      Grouse, that is.

      March 5, 2021 at 8:59 am

  13. Anne Shakespeare

    Tom turkey

    March 5, 2021 at 9:22 am

  14. Anne Shakespeare

    more complete: tom turkey eating the burdock seeds, poop shaped like a J

    March 5, 2021 at 9:24 am

  15. Rita Pitkin


    March 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

  16. Stein

    I’m in the Tom Turkey eating burdock camp.

    March 5, 2021 at 11:33 am

  17. Kathy Schillemat

    Turkeys eating burdock.

    March 5, 2021 at 1:44 pm

  18. Wild Turkey Camp here! We have lots of Wild Turkeys in Massachusetts!!! Seen the brush and seen the poop!,and%20may%20function%20as%20burs.

    March 5, 2021 at 1:49 pm

  19. hellomolly

    I’m guessing ruffed grouse feeding on burdocks? Or maybe using the burrs for grooming somehow???

    March 5, 2021 at 1:52 pm

  20. Lauren

    Tom turkey?

    March 5, 2021 at 3:11 pm

  21. david putnam

    A grouse that got waxed by a fisher.

    March 5, 2021 at 6:22 pm

  22. Looks like turkey scat, and tracks?

    March 6, 2021 at 9:02 am

  23. Martha

    Mary, I can’t send an email to you any other way.  This  on your website doesn’t work anymore.  Martha*it. Martha Ma photo:*

    “Send a brief description of why you took the submitted photo, as well as the location and approximate date, your name, where you live, your email address and a digital version of the image (quality should be good enough for me to look at properly but low enough resolution to send via email) to my attention at: ” .

    March 6, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    • Sorry Martha, I need to change that, am just technologically challenged. My email address is “”

      March 7, 2021 at 5:16 pm

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