|All 4 of last years kits and Blueberry (far right)|
Recently, our family of beavers have stopped coming out in the afternoon, so in order to see them I have to visit their pond just before dusk. Last night I was lucky enough to see that all 7 family members were alive and well following what turned out to be, a not so long winter. May Apple, the adult male, was busy working on the second pond's dam, although as the daylight began to fade, he briefly suspended work and came onto shore to eat some grass and get some grooming in. Badger, one of last years kits, tried to goad his father into wrestling. May Apple humored him for a brief moment only, and then left to resume his work.
|May Apple swims off toward the sunset|
During my last 2 evening visits, I hadn't seen Julia, the clan's matriarch, so I was pleased to see her swim out from the lodge right as it was getting dark. I expect that she is pregnant by this time of the year and within a month she is likely to give birth to a new batch of kits. I probably won't be able to confirm that until late spring, when the new kits begin venturing out from the safety of the lodge.
|Dahlia (left) and Blueberry|
|Julia finally comes out|
|Twinleaf proves to be freeze resistant|
|Spring Beauty - also freeze resistant|
|Male Turkeys displaying|