Jack’s Walk

The Thames River, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Walking in town is still too treacherous for Jack and I because of icy sidewalks so we’ve been using the well-worn country trails frequented by lots of other dog walkers. This is the Millenial Trail by the Thames River and the path is mostly packed and roughed up snow which is a fairly easy walk. This is the place where the beavers live and I am 90% certain I know where their lodge is, but conditions are such that we can’t get too near until the snow melts. In the meantime, I’ve been reading about beavers and have discovered that they are mostly nocturnal and seldom leave their lodge in winter, so springtime at dusk or dawn would be an ideal time to see them out and about. Here’s my plan. I’m going to leave Jack at home one spring evening when the weather is clear and the moon is full and take a small camp chair to the site and set up my camera ready for dim light pictures. (I should practice first…I’m not very good at dim light photography.) Then, I’m going to sit very, very quietly and wait for the beavers to leave the lodge. They are very shy animals so I’m not sure how much my presence will affect their activity. I might need to sit there for a few evenings to allow them to get used to me. We’ll see. It’s an exciting adventure to contemplate and I promise I’ll keep you posted.


  1. Jazzlet says

    Your Thames River is so small compared to the thames River I am familiar with.

    That sounds like a good plan, I hope it works and you manage to at the least see the beavers even if you don’t get good photos of them.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Sounds like an interesting adventure.

    I wonder if most of their ventures outside the lodge in winter are undetected swims under the ice, to their food storage under water.

  3. Nightjar says

    Lovely light.

    It sounds like you have a good plan. Best of luck for your beaver-watching adventure!

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