On February 21st, I went to the park to leave bird seed by the trees. The sunrise drew me to the pond. The warm temperatures had melted the ice around the edge of the pond. I saw a small dot on the other side of the ice further up the bank. It moved! A head appeared out of the water even further up the bank. A second muskrat swam under the ice to join the first one. Each time the muskrats dived under the water, I walked a little closer until I was standing across the ice from them.
They dove under the water to retrieve roots and then returned to the ice to eat them. Sometimes, the two muskrats stood apart when eating and, other times, they stood snuggled up next to one another. Once, I saw three muskrats in the water at the same time. There is one muskrat home in the narrow end of the pond and five or six in the marsh.
There is a short video of the muskrats after the photographs.
Muskrats diving, swimming, and eating roots at sunrise, February 21, 2016.
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