Bird Tracks within the Snow
Written by Alexia Allen
That is BirdNote! [Crunching footsteps in snow]
Subsequent time you’re out strolling within the snow, look to find a couple of tales…the tales birds inform with their tracks. [Crow calls]
A crow will stroll – some would possibly say swagger – throughout a snowy parking zone, leaving right-and-left steps a lot as a strolling human would. However the juncos below a birdfeeder usually tend to depart a hopping sample of tiny footprints in side-by-side pairs. [Junco contact or alarm calls]
Some birds, like robins and Music Sparrows, even skip, imprinting asymmetrical tracks made midway between hopping and strolling. [American Robin tyeep-tut-tut and call of Song Sparrow]
Additionally look rigorously for beak marks, the place a chicken picked up a selection morsel or probed the bottom. [Call of Northern Flicker]
You could even spy the sweep of wingtips towards the snow the place a chicken took flight. [Ambient of small birds, including Black-capped Chickadees]
Out in open nation, [Great Horned Owls hooting] tell-tale indicators typically inform tales of life and dying. You would possibly see mouse tracks finish all of the sudden simply the place you discover the imprint of an owl’s wings.
To be taught extra about chicken tracks and the professional trackers of the Wilderness Consciousness Faculty, you’ll discover hyperlinks on our web site, birdnote.org. I’m Mary McCann. [Continue crunching footsteps in snow]
Featured chicken sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Calls of American Crow, American Robin and Music Sparrow, recorded by G.A. Keller, Darkish-eyed Junco by W.L. Hershberger, Black-capped Chickadee by S.R. Pantle, and Nice Horned Owl pair by W.R. Fish.
Ambient by C. Peterson and Kessler Productions.
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org February 2017/2019/2022 Narrator: Mary McCann