Notes from Windward: #67


Checking Tracks

taking an animal audit

     Most of the year, you have to look closely to find signs of the wild animals who live in the woods surrounding Windward, but a fresh snowfall offers a chance to see who's hanging around. Instead of our usual morning walk-about, it's a good time to go cross-country skiing and look for tracks.


     Here's the track of a yearling deer. We'll often see places where deer have scrapped up the snow under an oak tree looking for acorns, but this one was looking to sneak into the barn for some alfalfa.


     Of more concern, it appears that a skunk has taken up residence under one of our shipping containers. We knew that we had one preying on the flock--just didn't know where it was denning up.

Notes From Windward - Index - Vol. 67