Yesterday while looking for some Waterfowl . . . we came across this very cooperative Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) who put a show on for us. We watched it dive underwater, grab some vegetation from under the ice and come back up to chew all of the best parts of the plant. We could have watched this cute little guy all day long! These over-sized rodents get their name from some scent glands they have for marking its territory with a strong musky odor! Lucky we didn’t get to smell that odor today but did get some cool photos of the muskrat!
Mike and I were talking about this little guy after capturing the above video of this Muskrat. We laughed after I said something like “to understand nature you need to sit back and watch its behaviors . . . but if we want to get more than 40 species, we need to keep on moving!!!”! This comment brought back many older memories of us wanting to stay behind to watch whatever cool thing we had found . . . but needed to walk away to continue the count we were participating in! Have you ever had one of those moments where you could have watched a particular critter day long if given the opportunity???
BTW: I had my first Common Grackle Today (CHECK)!
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