Sunday, April 27, 2014

Let’s go Trackin’!

Even on the days we’re hiking and don’t see a lot of wildlife, we see HUNDREDS of tracks.

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Some we’ve identified and others we haven’t.

I mean, this one is a feline but what exactly? Possibly a bob cat.

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And the same goes with the canines. Coyotes, foxes all live in the forest.

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This one was a mystery for awhile

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A three toed sloth perhaps? Or a flock of wild turkeys that are very common in our area! lol

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I did get a photo of a beautiful sight but only by accident. I stopped to take this photo and hubby said, maybe some deer will run across the road…CLICK! (I cropped this one photo to give you a closer look at what we saw!)

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They did and I DID!

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We just stood there for a few minutes in shock!

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What a fun sighting!

So far we’ve seen 11 white-tailed deer

at the Halpata Tastanaki Preserve.

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Mosaic Monday,

and Amaze me Monday!

38 comments:

It's me said...

Enjoy a relax sunday...love Ria...x !

Montanagirl said...

I LIKE this post! Showing us the tracks you saw is really interesting! And the deer were a real bonus! I like how you did the framing.

Diane said...

How cool! Identifying tracks is fun. There are books out there on that. Have any?

Cranberry Morning said...

What fun Diane! I'm so glad you had that camera ready. I saw 4 deer in our alfalfa field a couple nights ago. It was such a relief. I'm always worried about them after the fall hunting season. Also enjoyed the wildlife tracks!!

Laurie M said...

beautiful photos of tracks, I love it!!! The deer are such graceful creatures aren't they,

Olive said...

You can come get the bunny in my yard that is eating my flowers. The tracks were very cool.

Cheryl Ann said...

I love to travel up a wash here in the desert and see the tracks. I believe I once saw mountain lion ones! I've seen squirrel tracks, raccoon tracks, even mouse tracks. And roadrunners, crows, and even an egret.
Cheryl Ann (So. California)

TexWisGirl said...

such a beautiful area!

Diane Writes said...

Yes namemate, it was a fun sight seeing. The sight of the greenery was so perfect and relaxing. I love it!

Thank you for forever linking up dearest namemate and thank you for the words of encouragement too.

Linda Walker said...

I too, love to come across wildlife while hiking in the woods. Wow, you have evidence of lots of wildlife. I see deer, lots of turkeys, woodchucks, skunks, opossum, owls etc and one day I was extra lucky-- a bald eagle was circling way above my house! No camera handy! :(
Linda
xo

Kathy said...

I am amazed at all those tracks you find and are able to recognize!

Debbie Moss said...

Lovely post! Thanks for sharing and wishing you a beautiful Sunday back!
Greetings all the way from England!
Debbie

J said...

What a beautiful place to visit. My dream is to find identifiable tracks while hiking with the grandkids. So far we have only found some creepy slithering in a sandy area near the driveway - a garden snake - ewwww! My preference is for the mammals you have found!

Susie said...

Diane, I love your hiking pictures. I know this is kind of crazy...but hey that's me... once going to and from St. Louis...I count 16 deer, 9 life ones and 7 dead ones. I like the life ones better. Blessings for a great day, xoxo,Susie

20 North Ora said...

How fun to accidently have deer run across your photo!

Judy

Art and Sand said...

Your photos are always so lovely.

What a fun sighting.

We saw a few deer scampering through the woods on a visit to family on Easter. But they don't think the deer are so cute because they come into the yard and eat up everything.

Pamela Gordon said...

Some interesting animal tracks you've come across. I don't know as I'd want to see a bobcat though. Have a great week ahead Diane.

Jean Berryessa said...

Such great pictures. Never have taken pictures of tracks of any kind. We have deer, bobcats, racoons and many other critters right in our area. Wonder if my camera can take really clear close ups. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

I loved seeing the different animals tracks, very cool. It is a pretty area and a lovely sighting of the deer. Great post, have a happy week!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

What fun! We often see deer in our neighborhood, and it's so wonderful!
Blessings,
Cindy

Cookie said...

Amazing circumstance with the deer! One day I looked out an upstairs bedroom window and saw a bobcat come out of the woods and settle himself down for a nice nap on the sandy patch in front of the car! I called a wildlife officer and asked if that was unusual behavior for a bobcat. He said, "They were here before you were," and laughed. I tried taking a picture but only got a fuzzy one through the window screen. That's as close as I wanted to get!

Red Rose Alley said...

Isn't is a sight to come across a deer? They are amazing animals. How nice that you know many of the animal tracks and who they belong to. You must be an experienced hiker. Love your pictures today, Diane.

love,
~Sheri

cucki said...

Aww so much fun..I love watching it
Hugs x

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

How exciting for you Diane!
I'm amazed at the wildlife you mentioned - how big are the Bobcats?
I think I would feel a little nervous in case one pounced on me!!!
Shane

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How exciting to see, and identify tracks. The feline you're wondering about looks awfully big!

Kat Griffin said...

must have been so much fun to see the deer. and get a photo. Lovely post on tracks too
Thanks
-Kat-

Jane and Chris said...

I love to see critter tracks.It reminds me that we are not alone,and share our space.
Jane x

podso said...

Seeing a white tailed deer would be fun. Nice post and good photos!

Vee said...

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful walk there...and the deer made it perfect! I love all the wildlife Florida has to offer. xo Diana

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

It's such fun deciphering the prints, isn't it? We bought a wildlife tracks handbook and I have it with me when I go out hiking so I can figure out who's hiking with me LOL!

suziqu's thread works said...

Some of those animal foot prints look a bit scarey to me - they are so large!
A lovely sight seeing those deer and to capture them on your camera is even more amazing!
Thanks Diane for appreciating my artwork enough to pin so many pieces on your Pinterest boards.
Enjoy your adventures!
Hugs,
Suzy

ann said...

It is always exciting to see wildlife when your are out and about. And then to capture their image, that just makes your walk even better.

Kathy said...

I am so unobservant. I would never have seen all those tracks. It is beautiful there!

Rachel Uchizono said...

I hike in Laguna Canyon and coming face to face with a deer or a bobcat is always fun. Not so much fun are snakes and mountain lions.
The Halpata Tastanaki Preserve looks beautiful. You are so lucky to have access!
Cheers!
Rachel

MarmePurl said...

So much fun to go on hikes with fellow bloggers. Especially when I have not been able to get out myself. Many thanks.

edenhills said...

What a fun post! And so luck to capture the deer.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hey!! You caught them!! Pretty good catch!