Wild Things Below the Balcony

This morning we witnessed a creature drama in the brook below our balcony.  We’ve seen birds, squirrels, and ducks, but these two were a big surprise.

muskrat

At first we thought it was a beaver, but it didn’t have a beaver’s tail.  Muskrat!  Was Ratty in Wind in the Willows a muskrat? We watched it swim upstream and climb out of the water.

Along came a huge snapping turtle.  The shell was almost two feet long.  Her appearance sent that muskrat diving for cover–twice!  She continued to mosey downstream.  Do snapping turtles eat rodents?

snapper

This was a lot of excitement for apartment-dwellers.  I feel fortunate that the Seakill company who built this complex didn’t disturb the waterway.

What will we see next?

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