It was dark and cold when I started the run this morning. Winter has arrived early. It snowed yesterday and last night. The temperature at 6 am this morning was 22 degrees with a wind from the WNW of 13 mph. It was January weather in the middle of November.
When I returned from the run, the boots and the camera replaced the running shoes and the water bottle. I went to visit the park next door. I hadn’t been there since the beginning of August when I went to watch the Barn Swallows and look at the flowers.
I think there is a Muskrat push-up on the edge of the pond. It isn’t a natural collection of branches. It wasn’t there in August. Small footprints made a path in the snow across the pond. They circled in front of the Muskrat push-up and then continued on further down the bank. They could have been made by a fox or a cat.
Yesterday morning, I returned to the structure of cattails, branches and mud by the pond. I saw two similar structures in the marshy area connected to the pond. I read about North American Beavers and Muskrats later in the day. I think the structures are Muskrat push-ups rather than Beaver lodges. I have only a couple of photos and one short video of the animal I saw swimming in the pond in May. The tail is partly visible in the photo and in the video. I think the animal is a Muskrat rather than a Beaver from the way it was moving its tail while swimming, it’s size, and the habitat. I am going to take more photos of the structures this weekend and visit them throughout the winter. I hope to see the animal or its tracks in the snow.
Take care and thanks for visiting.