I spotted Bambi, who spotted me!
I had zero helpers, as it was snowing. Fair weather friends! Even Daisy balked at the door and declined walkies.
My Wildgame trailcam has captured some faithful visitors. The muskrat, a pair of Wood ducks and a pair of mallards.
Sadly, I trekked down to the pond in the snow, and reminded
Happily, I trekked back up to the shed, grabbed some shavings, and that job is done! Box #1 is fine.
The ducks are easily spooked, and while the wood ducks were absent, they had been there only an hour before!
The mallards took off as I arrived. They swooped up and around the pond, circling to see if I'd gone.
We had snow, and this has slowed the melting ice on the pond. Water has temperature inertia, and it hasn't refrozen, despite some subzero temps overnight. We expect -13 C. tomorrow night. The bull frog tadpoles have been sunning themselves beside my dock.
The trailcam captured the snow, and then the muskrat trails in the snow and ice. It is much better when there is natural light. I was wondering if MacGregor Muskrat was around. He swims madly for the dock when I go down there. I think. I sort of see small waves.
There are lots of roots around and under the dock. He's happily cleaning up the pond for me! It's a win-win, I guess! The pond was nearly filled in before our three muskrats arrived a couple of years ago.
Here they were in 2014, they moved in in the summer, spent the winter, and were gone. We are part of a long, wide wetland that purifies the water.