So here is our little muskrat again, quickly becoming my second favourite rodent (the beaver & porcupine being tied for first place). :)
This time, captured our semi-aquatic mammal on a V-shaped branch caught up in the ice, making its foray back and forth, with shoots & water plants to nibble on. Mild winter times must be halcyon days for muskrats. Food is aplenty in fresh running water, with ice shelves and debris such as this branch to relax on. And with predators such as herons, etc. enjoying their time down south in warmer climates, muskrats can bask in sunshine a little more out in the open without so much anxiety of becoming someone's next meal.
For such a small brown mammal, there is such great character in expression of its face, hands & feet. So I couldn't resist providing the following photos with their own captions (but not necessarily serious ones).
Hopefully, I am not the only one out there who has changed their mindset from "ooh, rodent :(" to "ooh, cute furry mammal :)"!
PHOTO #1 - "Say Cheese Or Whatever Is The Muskrat Equivalent"
PHOTO #2 - "Woof!"
PHOTO #3 - "Oh No, Where Did I Put It?"
PHOTO #4 - "Chubby Cheeks & Hands"
PHOTO #5 - "On The Beach, The Ice Beach That Is!"
PHOTO #6 - "Giving Thanks To Nature"
PHOTO #7 - "The Itsy Bitsy Muskrat Climbed Up The Wooden Stick"
PHOTO #8 - "Who Is That Cool Dude Down There?"
PHOTO #9 - "TGIF or Toes Go In First!"
PHOTO #10 - "Even A Muskrat Has A Serious Side"
PHOTO #11 - "Can A Muskrat Enjoy Music?"