Two sets of tracks heading down to the water, the right hand one is probably a small mammal, whereas the left hand one I'm not too sure about, possibly scuffed bird prints?
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I think the only one that is not a bird is the Rabbit. All but the last one are small Birds that tend to "hop" and not walk like the left one of the last photo, that is likely to be a Magpie.
The small birds are not heavy enough to sink in and leave the streaking on the snow. The one with tail marks might be a Blackbird.
This one is intriguing, any idea of scale?
I don't think either is a bird, the prints for each foot are off parallel (see your other posts). The one on the right looks a lot like a stoat or weasel, but it could be something smaller it depends on scale. Note also the shallow 'tail' to each print where the animal has launched into a hop or jump. Some of the prints near the top of the photo show three or four close-packed prints showing this was a four-legged animal. In addition there is one set of prints in the middle clearly showing four legs where the animal landed wrong. Scale would give a better idea of species.
The one on the left has me puzzled, the animal appears to have shuffled along, in snow birds and mammals tend to jump or hop; to shuffle like this would mean getting very cold feet and legs!
Alternatively, can you remember what happened to the prints off screen? Could it be two animals walking next to each other? What prints are visible in the chaos of the left ones appear to be mammal and show no regular pattern, though this could be because whatever dragged through the snow has hidden some.
Also what was the snow like? Was it hard or powdery? I only ask because these prints do not look to go very deep, suggesting two fairly light animals.
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Don't you think that with the dragging tracks the left (rear?) is landing heavier (pic 1), suggesting a carried injury that's long-term, if 'away' is the top of the picture, I'd guess it's carrying it's right hind leg, also it looks a more unbroken line on the left as if lighter because the weight has shifted to the other leg - I've a young fox outside with such a limp for six months, left hind leg takes all the weight while the right hangs and scuffs along.. what else perhaps smaller than a fox tends to survive with a minor deformity like this?
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Hi, thanks for your detailed interest in all of my footprint posts. The snow had fallen about 36 hours earlier, and whilst in the sun had formed a brittle icy crust, this patch with footprints had stayed reasonably fresh - more powdery than wet at least.
I would say that the width of 3 and 7cm, but I foolishly didn't include scale in any of the pictures I took, and I know my estimation is shamefully broad.
The two sets of prints were next to a footpath. There was a drop of between 8 inches and a foot at the edge of the path, and then a slope down to the edge of the lake. I can't remember where the left hand prints started, but the right hand prints struck me as they started at the edge of the path, then the animal appeared to have jumped down the drop and carried on walking. I tried to get a picture showing that, which I will add to this post.
The left hand prints with the drag marks, I like your suggestion Jeremy015 it may be right.
Another possibility though is I watched a male pheasant a couple of days ago, when we still had deep snow, it was chased out of my father-in-laws garden by my lurcher. The pheasant left a print very similar to the one on the left, with the drag mark, as it ran beating its wings to gain more speed in that strange pheasant gait. Only difference was it was a single line as it put each foot in line with the other. However, it followed exactly the line it had taken entering the garden so there were two tracks running parallel, very similar to the ones on the left in picture one. I can not be sure but I am willing to admit I may have been wrong and the left set are a bird not a mammal.
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