Traces of birds and animals are perfectly visible on fresh snow. Therefore, in the winter you have a great opportunity to become a detective and find out who walks through your territory without asking.
Most of the traces found, as a rule, belong to pets, but quite unusual specimens are also often encountered. How do you find a "criminal" by the fingerprints?
This will help you to our pictures. Look at them carefully and compare with the traces that an unknown guest left on your site (for convenience, it is better to photograph them). Do not forget to invite children to participate in this fun. Little detectives will surely like this informative game. And you will not only take the child into useful work, but also find out who visits you.
So, finding traces of a hare, take care of the protection of young saplings of fruit trees. Because eared animals can seriously damage the bark on their trunks. And for hedgehogs who recently emerged from hibernation, the plot, on the contrary, needs to be made more attractive: they will help you get rid of garden pests.
In the pictures presented, black spots are the prints of claws, paws and hoofs, and beige are the marks of wool on the legs and membranes between the fingers (in birds).
Traces of cats and dogs
You probably have seen more than once traces left by domestic animals in the snow and on the ground. The prints of the paws of a cat and a dog are similar, but still they have some differences. In addition to pads and wool, dogs also have claws. At the same time, the size of the tracks may be different - depending on the breed of the animal.
Wolf and fox tracks
If your site is located near the forest, wild "relatives" of the same family - Canine dogs can secretly creep to you. As a rule, traces of a wolf are larger than a dog. But in your garden you are unlikely to meet them, because the orderlies of the forest usually eschew people and their homes. But the foxes are not averse to get into, for example, in the chicken coop and profit there.
It is easy to distinguish the fox footprints: on her front paws, her two middle fingers move noticeably forward.
Traces of a squirrel
Squirrels are active in both summer and winter. In search of food, they jump from tree to tree and sometimes descend to the ground, leaving footprints there. If in the winter you install bird feeders at the site, be prepared that cute squirrels can get to them.
Traces of marten and ferret
If you are not only engaged in crop production, but also keep chickens or rabbits, then take care of protecting your farm from ferrets. They hunt mostly at night. Also, poultry and animals can damage marten.
Traces of affection and ermine
Weasels and ermines also hunt small rodents and poultry at night. These brisk animals are very similar in appearance, but the ermine is larger than a weasel, therefore its traces are almost 2 times larger.
Traces of badger, hedgehog and mole
In the snow, you can hardly see traces of a badger, since it sleeps most of the winter. In addition, this beast is very secretive and prefers to stay away from human habitation.
Hedgehog also does not walk in the winter in the snow. But in the summer its traces can be found on the ground quite often. Moles live under the ground and rarely crawl to the surface. But, who knows, maybe it will be your luck to find not only the pits made by moles, but also the prints of the paws of these animals.
Traces of rodents
The prints of the paws of rodents are also very similar, they differ mainly in size.
Traces of wild pig
If a wild boar makes its way into your garden, you will understand this not only by the tracks. Wild pigs rummage through the lawn, sniffing out and digging up planted vegetables, bulbs and tubers of flowers.
Traces of a hare
Eared animals harm people only by loving the bark of fruit trees. And they prefer the young, not yet strengthened seedlings. If you notice traces of a hare at the site, take care of good protection of garden plants.
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Traces of hoofed animals of the Deer family
All hoofed animals leave similar marks. These prints resemble two orange slices lying parallel.
It is very easy to recognize duck tracks (mallards): they clearly traced membranes. Pheasants leave fairly large traces with a characteristic spur print. It is easy to recognize these birds, but, for example, many singing birds leave such small imprints that it is almost impossible to determine the "owner".
What traces of wild animals and birds have you already met on your site? Tell us if you managed to get along peacefully with guests from the forest?
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