It was so nice to head out on our Sunday morning walk with temperatures hovering just above freezing! It was a welcome relief after highs of barely above 20 for the previous week. It had rained overnight, but it did not wash away the snow cover we had.
I made sure I wore my boots with the Yaktrax* on them, but our driveway was the only place it turned out to be at all icy. Since Luke gets excited about every walk and barrels out the door at high speed, it’s for the best that I get all the traction I can!
Our woods are loaded with tracks in the snow not just from our many walks, but from the two families of deer that hang around our area.
The only tracks I did not like seeing were these canine ones, the same size as Luke’s, but since they rambled off into the woods by themselves, we know they are not Luke’s.
We believe the size of them means coyote. That makes me nervous, not just for our chickens and guinea hens, but because a family in the Southern part of our state was recently attacked by a rabid coyote (you may have even seen the story on national news, since the father ended up killing the coyote with his bare hands!).
However, hubby assures me it would be rare to see a coyote during the day and it is also rare for coyotes to have rabies (plus that incident was a long way away from us). In addition, the Southern part of our state is far more populated; in our rural area the wildlife has more woods to travel around so it’s not as common to see them in your yard (knock wood). The last time we saw these tracks, a few days ago, they did come close to the yard and coop, but I think our flood lights probably scared it away. Still, we keep a closer eye on things knowing one is out there. One good thing is that with no leaves on the trees, we can usually see far ahead of where we’re heading too, so I can keep an eye out ahead when we’re walking.
It is a happy thing that we see way more deer tracks than anything else, since they are one of the few types of wildlife we want to see in our yard!
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