Driving to Bobcaygeon on the weekend I passed this fabulous beaver pond at the edge of the road.
In addition to a big beaver lodge, there were several colourful Wood ducks in residence. And a mallard.
And, hunkered down right on top of the beaver lodge was a Canada goose on her nest. Great place -- hard to get to for a predator, high and dry, but close to the water for the little ones when they hatch. She was beautifully camouflaged with her gray and black colouring blending into the reeds and mud the beaver had used to insulate the lodge. And, at this time of year, with kits in the Lodge, there would be a lot of lullabies being sung in there, to help lull the goslings to sleep as well.
Farther along, a muskrat had built a small push-up lodge in the cat-tails.
All of which is why we love beaver ponds.