Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan
Somebody wandered through the bottom of the dried up pond. I wonder who and where they were headed.
Thanks Evan. It is sort of posted, in my comments. I do take pictures of animal tracks just because I find them so intriguing. I take pictures of scat too. People who live in the woods do strange things for entertainment. 😉 Thank you for your kind offer. I may just find some more challenges for you to solve. Been fun talking with you.
Haha, great story! You should post that! Hey, anytime you have some tracks you can’t figure out, just drop me a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll be more than happy to help out! Thanks for this new bird I.D. challenge!
Yes, I’d agree it is likely raven. We are coming into Fall here and birds are flocking and feeding preparing for their migrations. Having ravens living in your backyard is a blessing and a curse. When the young start yelling twenty-four hours a day and the parents fly frantically all over the place yelling back at them to wait, it becomes quite annoying. Then the young’uns learn to fly and land on the tip of a tree and yell their heads off until their parents find them and feed them there. It is fun watching them grow and learn to fly but by the time they take off, I must admit we are more than happy to hear them gone. Then of course they come back and nest in the spring. I guess we’ve witnessed several generations come and go here which is a huge blessing. I wish I could understand their amazing vocals and talk to them in their own language.
Oh and we also have Stellar’s Jays, which are around now and they are about the size of a small crow. And I forgot to mention woodpeckers, several varieties of those.
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Alright, I believe I figured it out. I am pretty positive it’s raven tracks, and here are my reasons why I think it is that. 1. Ravens stay year round on the west side of Canada, whereas crows are typically only there during the summer to breed. It’s going into fall down here in Georgia, and probably winter where you live. 2. The space in between the left, middle, and right toes is less than that of the crow. Your picture made that blatantly clear once I noticed it 🙂 . 3. Although crow and raven tracks are nearly identical, you said you thought it was about two inches. These tracks look slightly smaller tracks than what I’m seeing on the internet for crows, and crow tracks generally are the same size from what I’m seeing. They also look more like raven tracks. 4. You’ve had a family of ravens nearby for over 30 years. Pretty good indirect evidence that it’s a raven 😀
There is a possibility that I might be wrong (since I’m looking at a pic rather than in person), but I would be willing to be money that I’m right. Even though it only took me about 20 minutes to figure it out, it was still a pretty hard track to judge. Pretty happy I got it! If we lived closer to each other, then I would be more than happy to give you a crash course on wildlife tracking, but I’m in Georgia and you’re in Canada. Would be pretty hard to pull that off 🙂
Yeah, haha, that’s what I thought before I got into tracking. It’s all good, I just needed a general, somewhat close to the actual size measurement. That is so cool that you’ve had a family of ravens in your woods for over 30 years! I’m gonna have to admit… I’m jealous 🙂 .
Thank you VERY much for that list! I will definitely check those birds out first.I’ll check the tracks out and get back with you when i figure it out.
Really? I just figured all bird feet were the same. It has rained since I took that photograph so won’t be able to measure them. Must have been about two inches long. We live on the west coast of Canada and have robin, towhee, grosbeak, sparrow, wren, raven, crow. Could be raven, we have had a family of them nesting in the woods for over 30 years.
Oh yeah! Totally! I probably can’t because I’m haven’t gotten into bird tracking lately – been focusing on mammals. I’ll take a look at them though! If I can’t figure them out, then I have a very skilled tracker acquaintance that would probably be able to figure them out. I’ll ask him if I can’t get it.
I do need some info though. About how many inches long were the tracks, what part of the US do you live in, and did you come across any more evidence of the bird?
Thanks. 🙂 Can a tracker tell whose tracks they are?
Haha, you put tracks up! Great ones btw!!
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