Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Deer Mouse Tracks

On the same beach as the earlier mink and bear tracks we also saw deer mouse tracks. They have bulbous toes rather than more finger like digits of a vole. It is a little unusual for them to be walking (trotting?) around much, though there were other places where they were moving in a bound which is the normal gait of a deer mouse (voles commonly move in a trot).

These tracks turned out to be very common along the beach right at the edge of the forest. I wonder what they were doing out in the sand. In most of the trails it didn't appear that they were headed toward the detritus washed up on the beach. Perhaps they were hunting invertebrates? Doesn't seem like a particularly good season for them to be finding plant material to eat there.

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