beaver sighting!

My friend and I were birding in the park near my house last week and we came across this beaver waterproofing itself in the stream. It was quite mesmerizing to watch and ended up being the highlight of the day, despite a very good showing of birds, as well.

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  1. Who knew beavers were such champions of self care?

    • Apparently they have to keep smearing themselves with castor oil (which they excrete from a sac) in order to stay waterproof. Their scientific name is even Castor canadensis, which certainly seems to highlight the importance of castor oil to their well-being.

  2. Whoa! That’s fascinating.

  3. Wow, that’s a great capture! I’ve been happy to just catch a beaver swimming. Normally I see the results of their activity—those chomped tree stumps—after they’re gone.

    • Thanks! Yes, I’ve also only caught glimpses and evidence of their handiwork in the past. This was quite serendipitous and easily ended up as the highlight of the day (even despite the good diversity of birds we found).



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