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Mulberries Genus Morus

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

July 2, 2020 12:12 PM CDT

Description

I'm guessing this is a white mulberry.

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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 16, 2020 04:21 PM CDT

Description

Verified blue jay scat.

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Weasels Genus Mustela

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 03:53 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. I believe these are weasel tracks. The animal is moving left to right in each of the photos. It crossed the road beginning in a 2x2 bound, then transitioning into a classic bound. Trail width is 2" - 2 1/4", which suggests a small (female) long-tailed weasel.

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Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer ssp. sayi

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 03:41 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 03:34 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 03:30 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey

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American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 03:16 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Walking trail of a toad.

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Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies Order Neuroptera

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 02:47 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. The first time I have successfully excavated an antlion (and confirmed an antlion trap in Minnesota).

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American Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 02:10 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Trail width about 3.5" Soft sand makes the tracks appear large.

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Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 02:05 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Heard cranes calling from across the wetland just after spotting these tracks.

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Turtles and Tortoises Order Testudines

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 02:00 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Not sure about the species here. The size leads me to suspect snapping turtle, but there is lots of plasteron drag, which is unusual for snappers. Perhaps because the sand is so deep?

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Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 01:57 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 01:51 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer ssp. sayi

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 13, 2020 01:47 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:23 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey

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Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:21 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey

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Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer ssp. sayi

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:56 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Another dug out snake nest. This time, there were two relatively intact eggs in the hole, in addition to one that had been consumed. This was in a different area from the other observations. See more discussion here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49534733

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American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:40 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:32 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Unusual duck track with the toes unsplayed. Even the hallux points forward. Based on the size, I suspect a wood duck--just about the only duck with medium sized tracks reported in the area in June. (there are a few reports of late migrating blue winged teals in early June, and an occasional Gadwall).

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:22 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:17 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 02:15 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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Bank Swallow Riparia riparia

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:49 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Observed the bank swallows flying in and out of these holes.

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 01:29 PM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. No bone fragments. Lots of fur.

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Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer ssp. sayi

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:28 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Dug out snake eggs. See commentary at:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49534733
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49534734

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:04 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. A partial raccoon track at the site of an excavated snake egg.

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:01 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. A snake egg dug out by what appears to be a raccoon. My best guess is that these are (were) bullsnake eggs. Bullsnakes (our local gopher snake) are quite common in the area--and I found two trails that I believe are from bullsnakes in the immediate area. Bullsnake eggs are reported to be "up to 2 3/4" long." these appear about half that, but perhaps 2.75" is unusual? From my reading, snake eggs typically expand after being laid as they absorb water from their surroundings. I can't find much information about breeding, but Oldfield & Moriarty (1994) note that they usually excavate a nest under a rock or log--which is not the case here. They also report that bullsnakes lay there eggs in June--and these seem likely to have been freshly laid. I found more than a half-dozen of these small nests dug out, apparently by raccoons, in the immediate area. Whatever was laying them is very common (or at least prolific).

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:43 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. Raccoon trail across these mini "dunes." They seem to be prowling for snake eggs.

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Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer ssp. sayi

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:36 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey. I believe this is a bullsnake trail. Bullsnake are common in the general area, and the habitat looks typical. Other snakes in the area include Hognose (eastern and western) and fox snake. Tkaczyk notes that hognose move with a short, wide lateral undulation not seen here. He has no information on fox snake movement, and there are no observations of fox snakes in this area.

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

jonpoppele

Date

June 12, 2020 11:13 AM CDT

Description

Carlos Avery Wildlife Survey.

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