|A Beaver kit performs the carrot anticipation twist|
All seems to be well with our beaver colony. They still live and work at Secret Pond, which is the most secluded pond on the property. More than 2 months after the major dam collapse and the disappearance of half the original colony, the surviving family members are performing all essential tasks and in the best traditions of their kind, they are adapting their environment to fit their needs.
|Julia, the colony's matriarch, feeds on some tasty Aspen leaves|
|2 beaver kits enjoying a friendly shoving match|
|Occasionally, one of them actually wins one of these bouts -- it's usually the plumpest one|
|A kit swims up to its giant 2-year old brother, Blueberry|
The rising water levels at the 3rd pond have submerged some grasses and have afforded beavers with the ability to graze in safety. As one kit continued to work on the dam, another one took the opportunity to help itself to grass and other drowned plants.
|A kit munches on grass that it freshly harvested from the bottom of the pond|
|One of the kits works on the dam at 3rd pond|
The new lodge at Secret Pond is made from a dislodged section of the original 3rd pond dam. The beavers have added material to the exterior, while hollowing out the interior. The size of the inner chamber must be fairly large, for I watched Blueberry (the 2-year old) drag a substantial piece of Aspen trunk into it through one of the structure’s underwater entrances. It’s incredible to think that there would still be room for any beavers with that log in there.
|Blue Vervain blooms all around the meadow that was once the beaver's largest pond|
|A new pair of Peregrine Falcons (on the ledge below the 2 windows) perch on Hotel Utica|
It remains to be seen if this new pair is merely transient, or if they will become permanent year-round residents. Of course, this has renewed our hopes of having a nesting pair in the city once again. We shall see.
|The female Peregrine Falcon - picture by D Cesari|