Droppings of Beech Marten Martes foina (aka Stone Marten). This mammal is common in rural and urban areas across much of continental Europe. Photo by Bela Streit, taken near Szekszard, Southern Hungary, 2012.
The presence of some animals can be revealed when they are found dead on roads. Here is a dead Beech Marten Martes foina, a species that is often rather common in urban areas but mostly nocturnal. Photo taken by Gerard Gorman, at Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2012.
This photo shows two rows of House Martin Delichon urbica nests. The house owner had placed a shelf below the top row to catch the droppings that fall down. Credit to him/her as some house owners remove the nests because of the mess the birds make. But these martins subsequently made another row below the shelf! Photo taken near Tiszacsege, Hungary, May 2012.
I photographed this paw-print in the Soomaa NP in Estonia last year. I think it is that of a Brown Bear Ursus arctos, one paw print in mud on top of another. That is, a double print. But I am not sure, so any comments will be welcome. Gerard Gorman.
A new book on European wildlife signs published September 2014. Click the cover image for more details
WELCOME TO TRACKS & SIGNS
This blog deals with the tracks and signs that wildlife leave. These include foot, hoof, claw and paw prints, trails, dung, scat, sprait, pellets, spawn, eggs, feathers, fur, nests, burrows, dens, bones, food remains etc. Get out there, get tracking and please contribute with comments and photos. Gerard Gorman
Central & Eastern European Wildlife
Gerard Gorman is author of this book, published in 2008 by Bradt. It has sections on Looking For Wildlife and Tracks And Signs.