We went snowshoeing in the conservation land this morning. Not too many fresh tracks since the snow was still falling and the animals are probably still burrowed up. Usually there are squirrel, rabbit, deer, and coyote tracks. We hear the coyotes at night often, but never saw one until last November. It was 7am, and he walked quietly out of the woods - stood there facing our house, then turned, marked his territory, and trotted down the path. We thought we wouldn't be seeing any deer for a while, but the next week 4 of them appeared in almost the same spot - also in the morning. Here's a photo I took on our walk - a curtain of pine boughs. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! :-). I didn't realize Steve was in the shot.