Beaver and Egret at High Park: April 8, 2022

Beaver are making a strong comeback after having been exterminated in much of their former range due to demand for their fur. I don’t remember seeing signs of beaver in my youth but they are reasonably common in our area these days.

We had a very close individual this morning:

Beaver
Beaver
Beaver
Beaver
Beaver

A Muskrat also made an appearance:

Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat

This morning was my first view of a Great Egret this spring.

Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret with fish
Great Egret with fish

Other birds:

Northern Shoveler (male)
Common Grackle
Northern Shoveler (male)
Song Sparrow
Canada Goose sitting on eggs
Song Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Wood Ducks
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Wood Ducks
Mute Swan
Wood Duck (female)
Mourning Dove
Wood Duck (male)

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

Thanks to Bonnie Horne for these drawings based on one of my starling photos (on the left)

NATURE POETRY

Mindful of you the sodden earth in spring,
And all the flowers that in the springtime grow,
And dusty roads, and thistles, and the slow
Rising of the round moon, all throats that sing.     – Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)

Miles Hearn

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