When we visited Bombay Hook last week we stopped along a road next to a pond. We were actually looking for birds. Gregg was in the driver's seat and had a better view of the water. We have learned that the car makes a great blind, so I am always hesitant to get out knowing that if there is anything out there, whatever it is, it will make a fast retreat and we a) won't get a chance to study and b) it is the fastest way to ruin a photo op.
We hadn't been there more than a few seconds when Gregg looked down and gave me a wide-eyed look, whispering "Get the camera!" His window was down and I could see he was looking on the ground. We must have pulled up right next to the Muskrat who was too busy, or didn't really care that we had arrived while he was working.
After a few minutes I decided to get out of the car and try my luck. I have a feeling he is used to plenty of people stopping by this pond, as even when I stepped into sight it didn't phase him at all. Just to be on the safe side I stayed at the back of the car partially hidden and took several more photos.
He was busy gathering grass for his lodge I 'm guessing.
He sure was a cute little guy.
After a while he decided it was time to go and disappeared back into the water with a big mouthful of grass.
Muskrats are large rodents (if I didn't know this, that rat-like tail would give me a clue). They live in marshes, near ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. I found a lot of photos and interesting information here if you want to find out more.
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