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:
A Muskrat also made an appearance:
This morning was my first view of a Great Egret this spring.
Thanks to Bonnie Horne for these drawings based on one of my starling photos (on the left)
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)