I was working from home this Wednesday, and Leo was working with me… if my job was hunting and butchering voles that is! Seriously though it is not, my job is web design and Leo’s job today seemed to be sleeping. What did he do between his sleeps?
First thing to note is we have loads of great data from the G-Paws tracker. Second thing to note is that it was a hot day today and Leo spent more time in the house than he did a few months ago. He went 5.6km in just under ten hours which contrasts to the 7km he was doing in five in the winter.
The first thing he does is go to the Quarry and have a proper investigate of what is there. He moved around the edges of the Quarry which I think it is not unused but I’m not sure. Then he comes back using his usual routes.
This tracking looks like Leo walking all the routes he normally does but slower than normal. He has had a proper wander, calm and casual, and seems to have tired himself out judging by how much he slept tonight.
This data though shows the need to come up with a new way of mapping cat tracking data. At the moment I used plug ins designed for showing bike rides. I need something a bit more suited to showing the speed of movement and how it differs.
The first thing Leo does is wander to his field probably for his morning wee. It was a cold Spring morn and Leo seemed in a bit of a rush. He only went 3km and spend his time doing his patrol near the walls in the field, and then down to his play area in the woods.
Following that he wandered down towards the quarry but doubled back on himself half way there and came back to the streets of Crescent Walk where he played in the back gardens of the houses around the corner before returning home.
As standard and steady morning wander for an excellent kitten.
Leo tracking in Springtime – we suspect – will be different to his Winter walks. He seems to be out most of the day and is normally not back in the house until after Eight or Nine at night. He is out longer for the walks when he goes out. Shall we see where he goes?
What we have now is a kind of super-walk made up of the three tracks his GPS collar gave us.
The first thing we notice is the fullness of the data. We have nine hours of Leo movement which goes over 7,000 meters. It started with him jumping from my arms in the garden and running off through the fence at half past seven. He goes straight to the field and waders under the tree perhaps answering the “where does Leo have a wee?” question. The section of trees he wanders around and under isolate an area of the field away from the cows which could give Leo time and space to explore but he is pretty quickly off into the far field and towards that Quarry.
The Quarry is much further than we thought he would go and he is only explores towards the sides rather than the full area. He wanders along before returning along the walls of the field and finally back to the houses of Crescent Walk. He checks out the collar-losing lands behind 43 and seems to disappear into Steve’s house for a while – hmmm… Steve – but heads off to Bullgrave Woods where he spend a long time running back and forth in a small area.
I fear for the small animal population of that area. I worry that is a mouse meeting Leo.
Stunningly though the splurge of movement in Bullgrave Woods which can be seen towards the middle of the map represents 2km of the 7.3km Leo moves. In the space of about 50m Leo runs 2km. This include a brief run over the beck and probably a lot of climbing up the side of the valley that the beck is formed in before our data gets sketchy and runs out.
So we see that in this first Spring tracking Leo has expanded his adventuring to include the edge of Filler’s Field Quarry and we have discovered where Leo does what he does during the day but what he does is a mystery so far. It is probably play. His routine is to look at territory which is obvious as he walks the edge of it and – having patrolled – he hunts and practices hunting.