Our local meteorologist mentioned that 79% of the continental United States had some snow cover yesterday.  Every state except Florida had at least a dusting.  With that in mind, let’s have some fun in the snow!

Talk a walk in a meadow or open area that is lined with at least a few good-sized trees.  Now, look for some tracks in the snow.   

Here’s the catch:  We are not looking for typical mammal tracks today.  Instead, we are looking for impressions left by birds.  Yes, birds.

For example, ducks and geese will leave webbed tracks.  

American Robins (Turdus migratorius) will have three toes pointing in a forward direction and one longer toe pointing backward.  

If your location has Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) they may also leave identifiable tracks.  Again look for that three in front, one behind combination but the backward-facing toe is shorter than the forward ones.  

You may also come across wing prints in the snow.  Owls and hawks sometimes leave these marks as they are capturing their prey.  This is a more unusual site and a real score if you find one!

This challenge is rated easy to medium.

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