Who Done It?

These tracks were found in a side channel of the Sandy River at Dabney Park near Portland, Oregon.

Photo by Dennis Deck

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First note the small shorebird tracks at the waters edge at the top of the picture. This is a spotted sandpiper, a very common presence along our inland waterways.

Second, note the webbed tracks moving top right to bottom middle with a pigeon toed gait. This was a duck, probably one the mallards seen dabbling in this pond.

Third, note the partial tracks across the middle of the photo. This was a crow moving from right to left. The long claws and the beaded appearance of the toes are important clues.

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