Posts tagged: observing shrew behavior

Things to Do, Places to Go, Things to See!

By , February 22, 2018

Tuesday, snow fell in a wonderful fashion. Large, light flakes covered the ground like sequins. By the next morning’s sunrise, an inch and a quarter of snow lay on the homestead so lightly, it seemed as if we’d been inundated with dust bunnies.

When I went out to measure the snow and look at the sky, I found an interesting track way on the path.

I think it’s a shrew track, but a different one than I’ve ever seen before. Instead of a tiny line of footprints on top of the snow (I’ve seen these tiny creatures run around on top of rhubarb leaves without weighing them down much) this animal appeared to push his way through what for it was shoulder-deep snow!

shrew track way in snow

The shrew track way, seen as a diagonal line across this photograph (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Slow Shrews

By , May 26, 2011

Normally, as we roam about the homestead and the surrounding forest, we often see brief flashes of movement, small gray streaks along the ground barely glimpsed before vanishing. When we see this, we know we’ve just seen a shrew.

Lately, though, we’ve been able to examine these smallest of mammals almost at leisure, as they’ve suddenly started moving more slowly. Continue reading 'Slow Shrews'»

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