Jack’s Walk

Unidentified Tracks by the River, ©voyager, all rights reserved

What is that strange wide arc? ©voyager, all rights reserved

Thankfully, yesterday’s rain storm didn’t turn into an ice storm so all my beloved trees are safe. It did, however, get cold again overnight so there’s a fair bit of ice on the ground making walking a bit treacherous. Jack and I decided that the sidewalks were too slippery so instead we went out to the river to look for beavers again. I’m pretty sure I know where their lodge is now, but I couldn’t get too near it today because of slippery and unstable ice. We found quite a few tracks going to and from the river in the area where I suspect they live, including this set that had a strange wide arc in one place that I thought cold have been made by a beaver tail. I’m no expert on tracks and marks left in the snow, but maybe someone reading this is. Are these beaver tracks?


  1. Nightjar says

    I have no idea what beaver tracks are supposed to look like, but that’s a really interesting and possibly promising sight!

  2. rq says

    The second could possibly be beaver, but the first? Probably rabbits, due to the sharp cornering (beavers don’t strike me as the type). If you can get shots pointing down into the footprint, it would make ID easier.

  3. chigau (違う) says

    Beavers are very low-slung. Try a google image search for “beaver tracks in snow”.
    The bottom picture looks like a mark made by a branch blowing in the wind.

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