Found these Tracks While Walking Recently

by Steve Ray on January 9, 2011

img_0408Don’t know about where you live — but here in Ann Arbor Michigan it is cold! But Janet and I don’t mind and we’ve been walking to keep in shape and enjoy the outdoors. It snowed last night so it was fun looking at all the track little creatures left in the fresh powdery snow, some as big as deer.

The tracks to the right intrigued us since they started from nowhere and had a fan pattern to the left.

We immediately thought of angel patterns our grandkids make in the snow by laying on their backs in the snow and waving their arms and legs back and forth. We finally figured out what made these tracks.

Have any guesses?

UPDATE: I am now a bit confused myself now. At the time I thought the tracks were left by a crow since the size somewhat fit and there were lots of crows in the trees nearby. However, the next day we were walking through the same area and saw a flock of 24 wild turkeys in the field. They had walked all the way across the road at the same place the tracks were seen the day before and when they saw us they all took to the air. So, what I thought was a crow, might now have been a turkey. Mystery continues.

img_0402(Picture to the left is our back yard.)

By the way, the word snow, or variations such as snowy, are used 27 times in the Catholic NAB translation of the Bible. Usually snow is used to exemplify something very clean and pure.

But my favorite, especially since I was out looking at animal tracks in the snow, is this one referring to one of King David’s Mighty Men: “1 Chronicles 11:22  Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of mighty deeds, from Kabzeel. He killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab, and also, on a snowy day, he went down and killed the lion in the cistern.”

Another favorite was this one, especially after praying as we walked along in the pristine snow kicking the fresh snow ahead of us on the path. Daniel. 3:70  “Ice and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin January 9, 2009 at 12:23 PM

a hawk or owl (depending on the time of day or night) succeeded in catching dinner – mouse or meadow vole. An avid birder should be able to offer definitive identification.

Chris January 9, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I’m thinking wild Tom turkey, or some some other game rooster.

God Bless

Maureen Wittmann January 11, 2009 at 6:12 AM

My guess is a turkey. My kids would know but they’re asleep and I leave for Steuby in a half hour.

If you’re a nature lover Steve, I have one for you. I don’t live too far from you — Howell. We have nine acres and ponds. We have at least one mule deer on the property. We’ve seen her a few times now. My guess is that she’s an escapee from a deer farm.

BTW — the birding in my back yard is awesome. The best is when the cranes stop by on their migration.

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