Today I hiked the Eagle Trail alongside the Eno River from Guess Road towards Roxboro and wanted to share the photos of the animals (and evidence of animals) I encountered. Enjoy!
First, raccoon (?) prints in the infamous Black Meadow Ridge parcel:
Next, a deer that was running in my direction as it was being chased by a dog, and it froze in its tracks when it saw me. Can you spot it below? Hint: it's right in the center!
I'm guessing beavers were here ...
It was Turtle Day -- I must've seen 40, most of which were much quicker than I was and dove into the water at my approach. I guess they were loving the warm weather too!
And the best for last -- a crayfish! It might be the crayfish featured on this Eno T-shirt a few years back. If so, it's the Carolina Ladle Crayfish whose scientific name is Cambarus davidi. It was named for a 16 year old, David Cooper, who first discovered it in Raleigh in 1993.