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Saturday, January 09, 2010

...AND THE ANSWER IS

Jon...

This type of print ONLY happens in deep snow. Made in this case by chickens, but I have seen almost identical marks made by pheasants and short-eared owls. It’s when the bird is too deep in the snow and uses its wings to balance it before flying off. You can see the blobby thing at the bottom right of the picture, which is the body; two or three perfectly formed bird footsteps above the blobby body mark, and the marks made by the wing feathers. Harder to see in the photo, but also part of the print, are tail-feather markings, which can help identify the type of bird.

Can you see it now?

Jan

1 comment:

dragonladych said...

Wasn't too far off, it's still fowl.
I have an advantage as I live in country where we always have lots of snow.
There are such marks all around our compost as the crows come to feed and fly off.

I don't know where it is but I have a photo of a snow scene where you can see little field vole tracks, then a great big hole, and these big wings marks around it. That rodent met a bad end that day!