Watchful Weasel

The dog and I walk along the river and, while he’s sniffing the grass, I keep an eye on the river.  Even on a windy day, you can see ripples that aren’t natural on the water.  I saw some and …

Basking Beaver in the River

This weekend was extremely hot.  I was out early with the dog to try to get in a walk before we both melted.  As we passed a large outflow pipe, this beaver was floating on the river.  Not a ripple …

Muskrat Rushes

One afternoon on the way home, the water was deep and the ducks were dabbling.  Then a muskrat swam up and started grabbing the rushes from near the edge of the pond.

muskrat-swimming

Striped Chipmunk

There are few sounds that the dog hears that are more ear-raising than the single chirp of the chipmunk.  Immediately he catches it, his ears go up and he points directly at it.  This one was peeking out in response …

Beaver Foraging

I walk to the train and notice how the animals shift with daylight, rather than time.  When I walk in the dark, it’s often just me and the dawn chorus warming up.  As dawn breaks before I reach the tracks, …

Beaver Out of Water

I was walking home the other evening and saw a muskrat, which promptly got back in the water and swam downstream.  As I walked ahead, hoping to get a shot, I stopped and took aim on the water.  To my …

Black Squirrel

Crunch, crunch.  The leaves are nearly all gone and this squirrel was back, same tree, more black walnuts, having a meal as I came by.  It’s funny how distinctive the sound of a squirrel gnawing a nut can be after …

Watchful Rodents

The squirrels were out all over the place yesterday.  Like other mammals, they seem quite happy to be in close proximity to humans and dogs but not too close.  Both of these squirrels stopped what they were doing to make …

What are You Looking at?

The black squirrels are common along the riverbank.  But they’re rarely near enough that I bother to take their picture.  I must admit that there are a number of things – squirrels, robins, dandelions – that I don’t bother to …

Brave Rabbit

The heat this weekend has been such that we are walking early in the morning.  It’s not really that bad – when we lived in Dallas, we waited until the sun went down to walk the dog – but it’s …