We had just gotten started when I noticed this Northern Mockingbird raising its wings and flashing its white wing bars as it walked on the ground. It is not known exactly why they do this. Some theorize it is to scare insects, making them easier to catch.
Sign of skunk digging for grubs
and nearby, someone spotted some skunk scat
Luckily, I have never seen a skunk while out hiking....
I have seen Eastern Coyotes at Breakneck Hill, at least three different times.
While this particular scat was in the meadow, David did tell us that coyote scat is often found at trail intersections, left by a coyote as a way to communicate its presence to other coyotes.
White-Tailed Deer tracks
I have seen White-Tailed Deer, including fawns, does, and bucks, on numerous occasions at Breakneck Hill.
I have seen cottontail rabbits at Breakneck Hill many, many times.
80% chance this is bobcat scat
The size of the scat was small for coyote, and the location was at a gap in a stone wall, which David said was a common spot for bobcat scat. I was not expecting bobcats to be around Southboro! Even just the possibility is exciting!
I have never seen a bobcat except in photos!
Part of the fun of these guided walks is going off-trail! I had never seen this copse of birches before. How pretty!
The way this nut was opened was a sign of a Flying Squirrel, yet another animal I have never seen except in pictures! It's pretty awesome that they are at BHCL just waiting to be discovered!
An interesting section of an apple tree (also off trail)
The trail is on the opposite end of this pond, so I had to photograph the view from this end in case I never see it again!
Tree trunk/branch with evidence of voles gnawing on it
closeup of the gnaw marks
It would have been fun to have had this walk in snowy conditions and see more tracks, but it was warm and beautiful, and we still learned a lot and saw plenty of wildlife evidence!