It’s been awhile since I made my way down to Centennial Woods, and it is a very different place than the last time I did. The streams I used to dip my toes are covered in snow, the leaves I used to use to identify the trees have all fallen. Many animal tracks have been covered by the recent snow, but a few fresh ones can be found. In winter, Centennial Woods is a much different, much quieter place; it is a different sort of beautiful.
I spotted tracks like this in three different places at Centennial Woods. It is difficult to say exactly what they are, as the tracks somewhat resemble a coyote or red fox. In truth, though, these could simply be dog tracks, which I may just be reluctant to admit because I was hoping to see tracks from wildlife. The fresh dusting of snow, however, could have played a role in hiding them from me.
These tracks were more difficult to identify, however, as they were clearly older. The tracks on the left appear to be that of a bounder, while those on the right more resemble a diagonal walker.
There were other signs of wildlife in Centennial too, including, in two locations, what appeared to be blood.
This first photo features one bright red spot alongside a few brownish spots, which may be other blood droplets that have since been trampled or covered by snow.
The second photo shows another spot of blood. This one, however, appears to be more of a smear than simply a drop.
As the leaves have all fallen from the deciduous trees, I must now depend on other characteristics to identify them. I selected three diverse twigs to try to identify.
I believe that the first twig belongs to a red maple, the second to a boxelder, and the third to a willow.