The one beaver we saw on Sunday must have reported back to the burrow that the deep freeze has indeed broken because today there were two of them, seeming to nuzzle and snooze together on the river ice in the bright morning sun.
Sorry for all the pictures. I can’t decide which is the cutest.
And the beaver are not the only ones who appear to have noticed a change in the weather. Here are a pair of chickadees who thought it was warm enough to wrestle in the snow!
Here’s a pretty little nuthatch who was paying far more attention to its other three companions flitting around in the tree than to me.
Here’s a pair of common mergansers also enjoying a snooze on the ice in the sun, although I did catch her keeping tabs on what I was doing across the river.
By popular demand, here’s your art-shot of some fancy river ice that can’t seem to decide whether it is freezing or thawing.
Finally, here a shot of the whole river “valley” with the two beaver just to the left of dead center. Still plenty of ice left, but I stayed off of it today, mostly.
What a spectacular morning, eh?