Question: Do the beavers know something we or our meteorologists don't know? (Perhaps, Winter will soon be upon us?)
This family of beavers was hard at it, late afternoon and well before sunset, doing major lodge work, presumably in preparation of Winter. The lodge, itself, is an already well established one but obviously the beavers know it will need more insulation & build-up, as well as pantry stocking prior to the freeze up of the pond.
And in typical beaver fashion, all family members had a job, with the two adults (Mum & Dad) doing the cutting down & hauling of trees & branches into the pond. The two oldest youngsters appeared to be the ones taking the smaller leaf covered branches down under and into the lodge, while the youngest two were fetching and carrying small greenery for the beavers' pantries (Photo #7 through Photo #9).
Dad is one massive beaver, as you can see just by the size of his head (Photo #4 though to Photo 6). It was an unbelievable opportunity to see a beaver in broad daylight, tackle huge trees, chewing them down and then hauling them through brush to the pond and welcoming water (Photo #1 through to Photo #3). And just the pure determination and purpose, just endears you to this amazing mammal.
The next blog will be "Day 2 - Mudding (Or The Labours Of Herculean Beavers)"