Beavers have moved in. In the woods at the edge of one of our fields, they have built a lodge and dammed off a small stream to flood the area, killing trees and changing the landscape, to the extent that our field is flooded along that side.

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Above is the dam holding back the water. It’s a small streamlet, but enough water has built up to give them a fair sized underwater area.

As I stood there in the darkening afternoon, I noticed ripples on the water.

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The beaver moved quickly in the water, and twice gave me a warning slap of its tail on the water surface, to startle me away from its territory.

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