Took lots of photos in the open hardwood on the Medonte Moraine above/west of Orillia today.
Saw lot of tracks like these;
Then I was told that deer mice hibernate in winter. So I did what anyone might do today: I consulted some references:
Deer mice are active year round and do not hibernate during the winter.
The deer mouse is nocturnal, and is most active at twilight. Winter activity takes place mainly under snow rather than on its surface, and sever cold may limit travel to the vicinity of the nest, or restrict activity to the nest for a few days.
The deer mouse is a nocturnal feeder on a wide range of nuts and seeds, and when this sort of food is abundant it is stored for leaner times, because deer mice are active all winter.
"Deer Mouse." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. 7 Jan. 2016
I conclude that deer mice do not hibernate.
And maybe owls would confirm this but this bird had headed south, maybe?
I could not believe this either so I continued to search
This is from Audubon
Thanks to Sharon and especiall my guide, Ron for a delightful outing.
W O B