How we can identify animals by Footprints, Pellets, Nuts and Seeds, Droppings and Skulls

Footprints - Birds

SPARROW

Sparrow printSmall birds like sparrows usually hop, so their prints are in pairs.

Actual size

Pigeon PrintPIGEON

A walking, rather than hopping bird, so that the prints are alternate, and face inward (they really are pigeon-toed!)


Actual size

Crow PrintCROW

A perching bird, so a strong backward pointing toe. Crows have rough feet and leave a "jointed" print.

About half actual size

Gull PrintGULL

Webbed feet and pointed claws. The webs may be faint.


 
    


Duck PrintDUCK

Like the gull, but with claws and inward pointing tracks.


    

Actual size

Coot PrintCOOT

 
Difficult to confuse with anything else - coots have lobed, not webbed, feet.


 

About half actual size

Swan FootSWAN

Large webbed feet so couldn't be anything else except a duck in snow shoes.

 
   
About quarter actual size

Heron FootHERON

Large and powerful. Although a water bird the foot is not webbed.



About half actual size
 

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