These tracks tell a story of how an eagle landed on the smooth, snow-covered surface of an open area and began to walk, probably toward something to look at for food. The bottom (second) picture shows the confusion of footprints and tail markings as the bird landed, then shifted around and settled itself for a time before beginning its walk. The footprints, though faint, can be seen progressing toward the dark spot at the top of the first picture above.
******************************Stories in the snow: We all enjoy looking for animal tracks in the snow, seeing the tales they may tell of a rabbit hopping along, then finding where it may have stopped awhile to feed. We see where a little mouse had skittered, coming up from its tunnel deep under the snow cover, looking for seeds on winter-dry stems on a grassy hillock; and perhaps we may find an owl's wing impressions on the newly-fallen soft, clean snow as it swooped down silently and quickly, taking the mouse in the dark of night. The tracks of squirrels and other creatures can be seen as they run straight along an open field or even across our own yard. On winter mornings, we may even find the footprints of a cat, as it had silently hunted in the cold stillness. In the country, there may be the larger prints of coyotes, prowling about as they also look for mice, their main food.
Occasionally, we may see something unexpected, and we can know what has happened in the silence of the night or in the frozen, foggy mists of a winter's day. We may see the wing marks of an owl or a hawk, bits of fur or feathers lying nearby, and drops of blood on the snow. We know that some small prey creature has met its end. It is Nature's way.