Saturday, 18 December 2010

Tracking time

Little wildlife was visibly present on the snow-covered Trail today, but that did not mean it had not been around! All the paths were heavily trodden by now with human and dog footprints. But where they could not go, such as on the bowling greens, rabbit tracks were easy to see. Bird prints were here and there including sweeping patterns where a bird had stretched its wings as it flew. Other species were not so easy, such as foxes whose prints differ little from smaller dog tracks. However, a walk to the side of the bypass opposite Offley Wood, where an animal trail crosses the road, was worthwhile as a couple of fox tracks (one going each way) were clear where at least one animal had patrolled its regular route during the night. (There were no badger prints). Nothing in Creation leaves no trace! - George