We have had frigid temperatures followed by a sudden thaw and lots of rain. The river flooded and was roaring by today. It must have gone up a foot or more. There were no ducks or geese on the water – I saw just one pair standing on a log above the torrent – and I figured most other animals were probably in shelter as well. The beavers were on the river bank, though, apparently washed out of whatever home they use. They both shifted a bit and are watching me but I moved on as quickly as possible.