What would make these tracks? (Photo Share)

by nan6649, Sunday, December 31, 2017, 14:23 (232 days ago)

Found these on a seldom used driveway yesterday. Today when I took the camera out there they were mostly walked through. The first one is circled on purpose, the second shows my hand to show scale.[image][image][image]

What would make these tracks?

by mrse @, NORTHERN WI, Sunday, December 31, 2017, 16:58 (232 days ago) @ nan6649

Try a Google search for mammal tracks in Wisconsin. I did but it will not let me copy and paste it here. Could be a long tail weasel,

What would make these tracks?

by nan6649, Sunday, December 31, 2017, 19:45 (232 days ago) @ mrse

I tried it, but there isn't any imprint from the actual paw or foot in the snow.

What would make these tracks?

by Corky @, Monday, January 01, 2018, 05:30 (232 days ago) @ nan6649

Looks like it may be from a bird's wing. Often times hawks or owls swoop down to catch a small rodent, etc. and leave the feather prints in the snow. It's hard to see on the photos if that might be the case here. Just a thought.

What would make these tracks?

by Wheels, Monday, January 01, 2018, 07:09 (232 days ago) @ Corky

I think you might be right there. Before the camera craze, I heard a loud thud in the living room. Went in and couldn't see anything. Then I noticed the perfect imprint of a mourning down, wings spread, on the window. It looked as if it was etched on the glass. No bird on the ground though so it was able to fly away. Never even gave it a thought to photo it. Darn.

What would make these tracks?

by nan6649, Monday, January 01, 2018, 09:21 (232 days ago) @ Corky

That makes sense; I'll bet you're right. Thanks so much Corky!

What would make these tracks?

by Kartking22, Tuesday, January 02, 2018, 19:23 (230 days ago) @ nan6649

I believe that these tracks were made by a turkey. They are definitely tracks made by the wings of a bird taking flight. Heavier birds like a turkeys need to flap their wings several times in order to take flight so there may be several similar tracks in a row progressively smaller as they gain height.

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