She had not been that far from the house, so I went down myself to check things out. On the way, I saw rabbit tracks.
Those little guys can really move! You can see that they can hop further than my biggest stride, which is about 4 feet.
These I think are from a squirrel, as they ended at the base of a tree.
At one point, it also dug in the snow...looking for a buried acorn?
When I got to the tracks, they were confusing. At one point they looked typically canine, which is to say that you can see the toenails in their print.
These are from our barn kitties, only an inch or slightly less in size.
Since all of the prints down on the Spring Road came from the same animal (they were in the same line of tracks), they had to have been canine, and most likely from a coyote. At the closest, I found its tracks within 200 feet of the barn (and therefore from the chickens.) I think it is likely male, as I found urine markings, without signs of squatting. Perhaps he has had an old injury on one of his hind feet?
I also saw deer tracks.
That is the extent of my afternoon walk in the Poplar Ridge woods!