Thursday, February 05, 2015

Thursday Thirteen 364: Winter Walk -- January 2015

Photos taken during winter walks, January 23 and 30, 2015:

The sun was making an attempt to shine. 

Can you guess which animal left these tracks?

Bird's nest, blown or knocked out of a tree. 

These found items were left hanging on a tree along the bike path.
When I was down this way a week later, they were gone.

Is there a handsomer bird than a cardinal?

Rocks in a dry creek bed. 

Queen Anne's Lace in winter. 

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Alice Audrey said...

My first guess on the tracks would be racoon, but I'll bet you say badger.

The glove and scarf look like they're floating.

Heather said...

Alice: I think they are badger. Raccoon prints look more distinctly like a human hand. Unlike their relatives the groundhog, badgers do not hibernate, though they are less active in winter.

CountryDew said...

I was going to say a raccoon as well on the tracks, but I see you say badger. We don't have badgers around here, we have groundhogs.

Heather said...

Anita: I could be wrong, but think badger is correct. Raccoon "fingers" seem more elongated, like a human'a, in pics I've seen. We have badgers, raccoons and groundhogs in my neighborhood. Opossums, too, though I've never actually seen one.

Mia Celeste said...

Thanks for the views of Wisconsin winter. I like trying to guess what animal made the tracks.

Heather said...

Mia: Like you don't have practically the same views outside your door -- I saw that the Milwaukee area got a bit more snow than we did on Sunday.

Ron. said...

Great shots. Really dig the thin ice.

Shelley Munro said...

I had no idea about the prints. Any prints we see are domestic animals. I felt cold after seeing your photos!

colleen said...

Oooh I love the one through ice and the ghostly red scarf and glove!

Heather said...

Thanks, Ron!

Shelley: Trying to ID animal tracks in snow can be fun. There was actually a course on it at the Arboretum this weekend, but I did not attend due to a) other plans and b) too darn cold.

Colleen: Thank you. I could see the ghostly apparel some yards off, but could not determine what the red was (hat or scarf) until I was there. I hope it was their proper owner(s) who removed them.