Whenever we get a decent snowfall there’s always lots of stories about all the bad things this brings. I want to talk about one of my favourite things: animal tracks.
Snow is brilliant for discovering the life your garden, or local park or reserve, holds. I take great pleasure in seeing what I can find, bird or mammal, and trying to identify it. Just this morning there was a great trackway running down the side of our house (though sadly it was just a cat). But around the feeders I could see several species, including sparrow and blackbird.
In previous years I’ve managed to have little forensic dramas too. A scatter of footprints, a splash of blood, wing-prints: better than Silent Witness!
So I’d really like to encourage everyone to get out, see what they can find, and take some photos. Don’t forget to use something, even just a coin, for scale.
Of course, if you have a mobile phone and Twitter/Facebook, you could always share your images there. It’s a quick way to share them, and you can get ID help too. What would be brilliant, Twitter users, is to tag all these photos with #snowtracks as that will allow everyone to easily see them with a simple search: #snowtracks
Just need everyone to get using it now. I’m going to go out tomorrow and see what I can find, so I’ll share them here and via Twitter. Feel free to share what you find here.