Sitting on railing along The Loop multi-use path on the Santa Cruz River
Not sure what these bones are from. Last week there was a dead toad in the entrance to one of the nests. This week everything was gone, except these bones. There is a hole nearby that looks like some dog or something was trying to dig its way into the burrows.
Sergio said these were too deep in the mud to be a desert cottontail. My book said the points were indicative of cottontail. I remember that these tracks were very deep in the mud. I've seen both around. He said bobcats are nearby if there are jackrabbits. Yeah!
Racoons were not on the list of animals found here a few years ago and I have never seen one so I wonder if it is something else less common. I wonder if it is a small racoon because the stride is 10" which according to my book is on the absolute short side of a racoon stride.
many tracks in mud. Sergio said maybe a rock squirrel probably not a red squirrel because of location.
Hind tracks are 1.5' long and .75 wide. 3'25" trail width. 6" stride length. strange becasue there are only four toes, never five like I see in other Rock Squirrel tracks for their back prints. The mud was soft enough it could have picked it up. could they have been doing handstands on the shore?
Near old Pima County Courthouse
Caterpillar, Aravaipa Canyon, AZ
It was already dead, but looked to be in good condition and we have seen several live ones around the house in previous summers.
West courtyard near kiva