Tracks in the Snow.
7th March 2018
It was another poor visibility day at high levels today. Despite slightly milder temperatures than last week (the freezing level was around 600m today), it is still felling very wintery in Glen Coe. The soft fresh snow is very slowly consolidating the relatively settled condition.
I decided it was worth taking the skis today, and was able to put them on after about a ten minute walk from the road. However, I discovered that although I was the first skier, various creatures had been up early to get the fresh tracks….
On the way up the hill I came across a variety of animal tracks. How many you recognise? If you are feeling confident submit your answers by commenting on this post. All the pictures were on taken between an altitude of about 350 and 500 metres, and include my skis for sense of scale. Answers on tomorrow’s blog.
Will start with an easy one, what made set of tracks A.
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7th March 2018 5:03 pm
B – grouse?
C – mountain hare?
D – fox?
7th March 2018 5:07 pm
Fox and otter and vole now needed for a full set. Mike
7th March 2018 5:15 pm
I think those tracks are easily recognisable…
It’s a haggis!
7th March 2018 7:00 pm
Track A – deer (red)?
Track B – ptarmigan
Track C – mountain hare
Track D – the most difficult…..pine Martin?
7th March 2018 7:37 pm
It’s me again…..having looked again at Track D, I don’t think they are from a pine Martin! I think they are from another mountain hare, but this time in full flight!!
7th March 2018 7:41 pm
A red deer, B grouse, C mountain hare, D dog????.
7th March 2018 8:05 pm
Hello. I think A is either a Haggis or deer, B is either a Timorous Wee Beastie or Ptarmigan, C is either an Abominable Snowman or Hare and finally D is either a Bigfoot or Fox type creature. I hope you don’t mind my double guessing so as to maximise my chances of winning whatever prize may be on offer. Look forward to the truth tomorrow. Cheers.
7th March 2018 9:42 pm
A – deer
B – ptarmigan
C – hare
D – red squirrel
7th March 2018 10:11 pm
Or maybe not!
7th March 2018 10:12 pm
A – deer, B – grouse, C – rabbit, D – fox ?
7th March 2018 10:16 pm
8th March 2018 1:02 am
8th March 2018 9:24 am
Ok, shamefully not confident on mountain flora and fauna, but I’ll have a go. A: sheep (initially thought deer?); B: grouse-type beastie; C: hare; D: dog. You’re not getting anything more specific than that!
8th March 2018 10:06 am
A. Red dear
C. Mountain hare
8th March 2018 10:12 am
Not very confident, but I’ll have a go:
A: Deer, probably red
B: Red Grouse, given the lowish altitude
D: Not, sure but the pattern suggests another hare.
8th March 2018 10:21 am
deer, grouse, mountain hare, ?stoat