Saturday, January 03, 2009

Making Tracks and a Quiz

One of the great things about being outside is that you never know what you are going to find. We had planned a little morning birding outing at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove, Oregon but we couldn't get close enough to see anything even with a scope--the road came to an abrupt end and we didn't bring our boat:

Next stop, Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro. Besides abundant tundra swan west of the road, we missed most of the excitement there. How do I know we missed it? By the clues left in the little skiff of snow we received the night before. See if you can tell what we missed.
An easy one:

A bit harder, but still guessable:

But this one stumped us:

Do you know what it is?? Clues: The tracks led from the water to a spot about 15 feet away and disappeared into a brushy area. The longest tracks are about 5 inches long. I'd really love to know what it is so if you know or have friends that would know, PLEASE leave a comment.

I think the snow's melted by now, but if you'd like to head out to Jackson Bottom yourself, click here for directions.

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