Ten: Spring time Leo

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.

Seven: Leo on a Thursday in the snow

Snowing again in Bradford and Leo goes out early in the morning for a wander and a wee. Lets follow him…


We pick Leo up in the field on his adventures. This is probably because the tracker seems to need to move a long distance quickly to turn itself on (or leave sleep mode) and to do that in good sight of clear sky. This is something that will happen when Leo is running in the field.

Leo comes back from the field via the big house at the bottom of Hunters Park Avenue and he works his way through the inside gardens on Hunters Park Avenue and on Crescent Walk. He more or less avoids my neighbour’s garden and ends his wander back home.

This probably represents Leo’s territory. He checks out the places he knows on his morning wander and then comes home.

One thing though. Leo does not seem to stop for long enough to have a bathroom break. I wonder where he goes to go?

The Fourth: Thursday after the day before

Leo was accidentally locked in all day on Wednesday. He was furious. The next day he went out early. Lets see what he did…


Ignoring the early artifacting in the GPX it seems that the first thing Leo does is run around like a giddy thing. IN the first hour of his day he goes back and forth around the gardens we already know he likes to visit (behind 43 etc) and further out to the edge of the road.

It is very interesting that he avoids the back of my neighbour’s house and the neighbour on from him. His main route seems to be under the trees in my garden rather than through my neighbour’s garden. This is interesting because my neighbour tells me Leo is always in there.

After returning home briefly things get really interesting.

Leo does indeed cross two roads into the area between the Filler’s Field and Bull Grave Woods and walks along the back of the gardens and into Bull Grave Woods where he spends around thirty minutes adventuring around.

The woods are empty enough and have a steep banking down the beck in the middle but Leo seems to stay on one side of the bank and never try to cross but he does go down towards the Beck.

Then, for some reason, he races back to the houses darting a distance around the length of Crescent Walk in the space of ten seconds. He returns back much slower (around 90 seconds) and I wonder if something startled him enough to cause him to head to safe ground, but not enough to mean he does not go back.

When he does go back he goes much further than I ever thought he would. He goes down the woods and (as can be seen at the top of the map) around the field using the trees for cover and perhaps hunting mice or similar in the grass. At that point (around 10:30 I think) there will be no one around.

He is in a human-less world as he wanders back through the woods slowly. At this point he starts to go up and down 2-3m in sharp jumps which could be him climbing trees in Bull Grave Woods.

His data stops then. I’m still getting used to the tracker – but he was safe and sound at home when we returned.