4 Little Feet Skim the Snow

The footprints my friend and I saw today as we hiked through the woods were largely human. Most small animals were sleeping this winter afternoon. Finally, In the second half of our walk, these tiny tracks revealed to us the earlier path of a mouse now snug in their nest.

4 Piececitos rozan la nieve

Mayormente los pasos que mi amiga y yo vimos hoy durante nuestra caminata en el bosque eran humanos. La mayoría de los animales pequeños dormían esta tarde. Finalmente, en la segunda mitad del paseo, estos piececitos nos revelaron el camino previo de un ratoncito ya cómodo en su nido.

Tracks on the Snow. Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

My boot prints flatten the snow, leaving craters. I love how the mouse prints are only in the top few millimeters of snow, because the small creature weighs just a few dozen grams. Good to know mammals other than six overdressed humans are about.

Las huellas de mis botas aplastan la nieve, dejando cráteres. Me encanta como las huellas de ratoncito quedan en los milimetros superficiales de la nieve, porque la criaturita penas pesa unas tres docenas de gramas. Me alegró saber que mamalias aparte de seis humanos en ropa voluminosa estaban por aquí.

Mouse Prints. Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

So glad you could hike with us! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

¡Gracias por acompañarnos en el paseo! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

This post is part of Debbie’s Six Word Saturday. Click on the word six in the previous sentence for some great photos! #6WS

Este artículo es parte de Seis Palabras en Sábado, por Debbie. Haz un clic en la palabra aquí para ver fotos buenísimas.

Rebecca Cuningham

21 thoughts on “4 Little Feet Skim the Snow

  1. Mice do very well in winter thanks very much. They usually move in here, secure in the knowledge that there are no cats or dogs, just two humans with easily dodged humane traps 😉

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  2. Not only have I enjoyed your Six Word Saturday but I have learned a few new Spanish words, (aplastar, nido, piececitos, and mamalias) as well as having practiced my reading skills. Here on the Isle of Wight where our winter has been very mild, I notice that the dormice haven’t hibernated this year. I wonder if this will affect their future?

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    1. Thank you, Mari. I’m glad you enjoyed the Spanish text as well! 😉 I think your Isle of Wight dormice might have very large litters this spring, since they’ve been eating rather than sleeping. Keep us posted, I’m curious if that will be the case.

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  3. Mice are surprisingly tenacious creatures: through sun and/or snow, they roam around finding food to sustain themselves! Their little paw prints left behind are adorable in nature (as long as they don’t find their way into your home!).

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