This is an old post from my original blog (long since closed). I am slowly transferring all my old posts to this one. Today shows the North American Beaver that we used to see regularly on our visits to Walney Pond. These were from June 5th, 2009. The lodge has disappeared since, whether it was dismantled or removed by nature, I don't know.
Described as "Nature's Little Engineer", the North American Beaver is considered to be the second largest rodent in the world (after the capybara). Beavers are primarily nocturnal, though we saw ours in the early evening and still in the daylight hours. From what I read, they are split into two extant species of the North American and Eurasian variety, with location of birth being the only real difference between the two. Beavers generally have a large body and small head (like most rodents), a broad, flat and scaly tail and webbed hind feet. Due to their small ocular cavities and nocturnal lifestyle, beavers have poor eyesight, but possess enhanced senses of hearing, touch and smell.