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Snow Marks

long tailed weasel tracks
What are these tracks . . . 2 by 2, side by side!

Long Tailed Weasel tracks
Hmm, very interesting . . . I see claws!

Checking Every Hole
Hmm, its looking in every small gap in the rocks!

Looks like some fresh Long-tailed Weasel tracks to me!

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20 responses

  1. Marg

    Well that’s neat-I’m terrible at animal tracks!

    18 January 2008 at 5:28 pm

  2. I *love* seeing tracks in the snow! I just wish there were some snow here to see some tracks!

    18 January 2008 at 5:55 pm

  3. One of the best parts of snow, besides how it covers the beautiful contours of land and trees, is how it reveals all the little activity that we suspect is going on, but never quite see.

    18 January 2008 at 6:36 pm

  4. I also look at the tracks in the snow but so many of them look like butterflies to me. Once that happens I am off in a different zone and season.
    Enjoy the snow and all your critters.

    18 January 2008 at 7:00 pm

  5. Good detective work. I recognize the tracks of rabbits, deer, squirrels and mice and that is about it. I need to find a guide to animal tracks in the snow.

    18 January 2008 at 7:30 pm

  6. Tom

    Hi Tom,

    Nice find. I’ve never seen a long tailed weasel, but my wife and I saw a least weasel drag a dead mouse across a trail in Montana last summer. These creatures are really fascinating.


    18 January 2008 at 7:39 pm

  7. Don’t know what the tracks are but I know that Ruby would like to chase them! 🙂

    18 January 2008 at 8:02 pm

  8. It always amazes me how many animals are out there that you don’t see, but you know they’re around by the tracks they leave. That’s one of the main reasons I love snow cover! Now, I wish I could identify the tracks – great shots!

    18 January 2008 at 8:48 pm

  9. They’re pretty tiny little tracks too (when compared to your finger). Are they white this time of year?

    18 January 2008 at 8:49 pm

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    Very interesting Holmes.

    18 January 2008 at 9:54 pm

  11. Weasel tracks are probably right Tom, I was also thinking maybe mink ?

    18 January 2008 at 10:13 pm

  12. What little feet the creature has.

    18 January 2008 at 10:49 pm

  13. pwrbrdr

    I haven’t seen one of those in a long time!

    18 January 2008 at 11:06 pm

  14. Grace

    Did you see them when you were at Camp Allegany this morning? We (myself and the Nature Ed-Ventures folks) have seen mink along Bova Creek right in Camp.

    19 January 2008 at 12:05 am

  15. Interesting!

    19 January 2008 at 12:06 am

  16. for some reason the word weasel makes me laugh.
    but seriously, can’t weasels be mean little creatures? ~nita~

    19 January 2008 at 1:37 am

  17. @ Marg – always good to carry cheat sheets!
    @ Pam – you can have some of my snow! Will you get some with our storm coming?
    @ Robin – Isn’t that wonderful about snow? Thanks
    @ Sherry – they do have many different shapes! Thanks
    @ Ruth – Every clue and time spent on a track is more ways of learning!
    @ Tom – They are cute little things! We don’t have the least species around here! Thanks
    @ Liz – I bet Ruby does like chasing them! LOL
    @ noflickster – just take the time, pull out the book and you can learn! What is great about nature is you are always learning! I know I do!
    @ RuthieJ- I think they are white this time of the year and would have loved to seen the little guy (since I have never seen them in the white form)!
    @ Lisa – LOL, thanks
    @ Bernie – Nope, this was way out in the woods and no where near water! Just a little small for mink! Thanks
    @ Erie – they are a very little animal! Thanks
    @ John – ugg, had one visit my banding station this year! Ugg
    @ Grace – nope, this was up ASP Rt. 1 on Wednesday . . . maybe Tuesday. Very cool for them seeing the Mink! Great time of the year for finding them!
    @ Toni – thanks
    @ Nita – they are little creatures but not sure what it means.

    19 January 2008 at 8:33 am

  18. I agree with Nita – the word weasel makes me giggle. I used to examine tracks when there was snow!

    19 January 2008 at 8:06 pm

  19. @ mary – thanks and they are funny to watch!

    19 January 2008 at 10:18 pm

  20. On the few occasions when we have snow, I’m always amazed at how “busy” it is in the woods overnight. The many tracks also make it obvious why the dogs are constantly picking up the scent of something. (They will never tell us what.)

    20 January 2008 at 3:34 am

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