The purchase was definitely a healthy one, as I've ridden more miles in the past month than I did most of the entire summer. Peddling in the snow is more difficult, but it is worth it. Nobody is on the trails, the serenity is wonderful, and riding in the elements is just awesome:)
I actually see quite a bit of wildlife while riding, but the only downside is that I am not stalking closer for better closeup photos. I have to start balancing more slow hiking in to get the photos I want. Below are the critters that I have seen in the past couple of days while biking:
A super cropped distant coyote I spotted across a field
Lots of geese around here lately
Geese on their ice trail
A great benefit to biking in the snow is covering lots of ground for animal track viewing. Most of the animals in the area tend to follow the canal, so it makes it easy to keep an eye on their paths from the bike. If they go into the timber....I just get off my bike and follow:)
A mink bounding under a branch.
I have to admit, that sometimes animal tracks in the snow throw me for a loop. I much prefer the clarity of prints in mud. When I'm not sure, I usually take measurements, as well as photos and then try and figure it out at home. I didn't have my ruler with me today, and found myself a bit stumped on these tracks. At first I thought the lines were tail drags, but I really think it is a front foot drag. I'm thinking skunk, but not 100% sure. Any help on these would be great!