We've seen a couple of interesting critters around over the past week. We watched a Beaver in the little beaver pond we drive by. I hear a lot more birds than I see, and there are lots around. But we spotted a Cormorant no less, sitting on a stump by a rural farm pond!
I would have driven right by, but Mrs. F.G. has much sharper eyesight, and she spotted the beaver swimming. And it swam right over toward us, almost getting out of the water.
But I think it spotted our movement, or heard the camera click, for it turned away and swam only about 2 feet before ....
... it dove, leaving nothing more than the slap of its tail and some bubbles.
But it did surface again, and we watched it swim around the side of the pond.
Until it swam back across the water, giving a much more typical view - that is, a dark spot in the distance!
But the Cormorant was something else. We've often see a Great Blue Heron sitting here in the past, but the only place I have seen a Cormorant is on the shores of the Great Lakes.
I certainly didn't expect to find it at this small rural pond in the middle of a hayfield!
This is a bigger view of that pond, and the bird in the distance.
I did manage another couple of sightings this week. This is a Mourning Cloak butterfly, my first butterfly of the season here, just a small fluttering pair of wings as I walked past down the trail.
And this White-tailed Deer raised a large white flag as it bounded twice and disappeared in the distance.