Tuesday, April 25, 2023

I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE A BEAVER IN THE PARK'S POND

 
 A PAIR OF CANADA GEESE ON THE PARK'S POND TODAY
With the Sun shining full tilt and only a slight breeze moving the cold morning air around I figured I would take my hip and leg out for a test walk.  Without further ado Pheebs and I headed off to our country road walking spot and away we went.  I set a brisk pace and walked the quarter mile up the road and back with no problem.  However, I have to be careful about turning or swiveling that hip so I have had to give up practicing my Chubby Checker Twist moves in the front yard.  And no more Elvis Jailhouse Rock moves either!!

 I WAS HAPPY I COULD WALK THIS STRETCH OF ROAD AGAIN WITH NO LEG OR HIP PAIN
 PHEEBS CASTS A BIG MORNING SHADOW
 THESE FIELDS WILL SOON BE SPROUTING FORTH WITH CROPS
All three of us piled into the Jeep shortly after ten this morning and headed off to the South Huron Veterinary Clinic in Zurich.  Pheebs had been shaking her head a lot again and had a swollen ear.  Her ears definitely needed to be looked at.  She has had problems with her ears for years and this morning she was treated for an Aural Hematoma  The Vet said both her ears were infected and will be treated with something called Claro Otic Soin and Prednisone.  Pheebs also had her rabies vaccine and nails trimmed.  We were all back home again by noon.

 WAITING FOR PHEEBS AT THE VET THIS MORNING
 KELLY DOES A WALKABOUT IN THE LOBBY
 AND BY GOLLY HERE COMES OUR PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL NOW:))))
Not wanting to waste the sunshine and fresh air I once again busied myself around the yard this afternoon.  By all the yardwork I seem to be doing it makes it sound like we have about forty acres here.  Nope, just a small corner lot in a Pine forest with a bunch of other folks but we do have a lot of vegetation around our place and that makes for seemingly unending yardwork.  Pine trees, cedar trees, oak trees, maple trees, a sunburst locust tree, mulberry trees, and sumac trees, plus an assortment of flowering shrubs, vines, grasses, moss, flowers, and ground covers.  Keeping ahead of our growing jungle is quite a task at times.  But, it is good to have something to do.  Well, most of the time anyway.

 WE HAVE TRILLIUMS GROWING IN OUR FLOWER BED

 I RAN OUR LAWNMOWER OVER THE BUNNY TRAIL THIS AFTERNOON
 OUR HAPPY DAFFYS ARE STILL BLOOMING
Intentionally leaving my cane at home Pheebs and I headed off for an afternoon walk which took us down around the far end of our Park.  I had no problem walking and no hip or leg pain.
 IT WAS NICE TO BE BACK IN OUR PARK'S PINE FOREST AGAIN

THINGS ARE SLOWLY GREENING UP
 'OH MY THAT SKY'

 AND YES WE HAVE DANDELIONS FINALLY BLOOMING
On the way back I saw something curious along the shoreline of our Park's pond.  Methinks we might have a resident Beaver.  I know for sure we have Muskrats in the pond but I saw evidence this afternoon that suggests we might now have a Beaver as well.       

 THIS SURE LOOKS LIKE THE WORK OF A BEAVER ON A TREE IN THE POND
 THOSE SURE LOOK LIKE TEETH MARK ON ANOTHER TREE THAT IS ONLY A FEW FEET FROM THE EMPTY GOOSE NEST
 ACROSS THE POND I SPOTTED THIS FUR BALL 
 SECONDS LATER THAT FUR BALL JUMPED INTO THE POND
 AND HERE IT IS SWIMMING OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE POND
ALL THE COMMOTION DIDN'T FLUSTER THESE CANADA GEESE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY

 FURTHER ALONG THE POND, I SAW THESE TWO PAINTED TURTLES ON THE SHORE SUNNING THEMSELVES
 WHILE TAKING THIS PHOTO OF A SURFACED TURTLE I HEARD A SPLASH TO MY LEFT
 THAT SPLASH TURNED OUT TO BE THIS FELLOW
 I HAVE A FEELING THIS IS A MUSKRAT BUT I'M NOT SURE
Al's Music Box:)) Sultans Of Swing by the Dire Straits from the album 'Dire Straits'.  1978

GROANER'S CORNER:((  On the sixth day, God created the platypus. And God said: Let's see the evolutionists try and figure this one out.

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What does a plumber say in a library?
"Pipe Down!"

What vegetables do plumbers hate?  Leeks.

Why was the plumber tired after a day's work?Because the work had been too draining.

When the plumber had a near-death experience, he almost saw his entire life flush before his eyes!

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8 comments:

  1. Do muskrats chew trees like that too? The only time beavers lived near me, they sure did it that way (I'm in TX). I wasn't sure it was beaver until I saw a tail...and heard it slap! And then they made a little house. I was thrilled. Poor things. Water never lasts long enough here.

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  2. Fantastic photos of the beaver, turtles and of course Pheebs.

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  3. Nice to see Kelly out and about. Those photos are AMAZING!!

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  4. I would say this is a muskrat. When beavers swim the only visible part of them is their head. Good article re the differences. https://a-z-animals.com/blog/muskrat-vs-beaver-6-key-differences-explained/

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  5. Above comment by Contessa

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  6. A muskrat certainly couldn't have chewed that tree down!

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  7. Great post. I bet the neighbors will be disappointed you're cutting your dance routines!! Beautiful light on the pond, lucky geese. What a great shot of the dive into the water - what timing :-))

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