I discovered this Beaver activity sometime around mid-September.
This location is just just around a 100 yards/meters from the head of a small creek that flows through our neighborhood. Ultimately this creek continues on until it merges with the Trinity River a few miles/kilometers to the west.
Over the years a number of trees have grown up in the culvert that the creek flows through. Some had become quite tall. My first clue that there was something going on here was when I noticed that some of the larger trees had gone missing.
When I went to investigate, I found abundant evidence of Beaver activity. Several tree were downed. A pond was beginning to form. Reeds along the shore had been cleared. There was a dam, and a beaver lodge.
The Beaver can be reliably observed night after night at around 7:00pm. Most nights at this time he can be found sitting just outside the entrance of the lodge. He typically stays there for just a few minutes before entering the water and swimming off towards the dam.
Unfortunately, between the vegetation, and the poor lighting it is hard to get much more than a fleeting glimpse of him. It has been even harder to get a good photograph.
But, I continue to try. Currently, I have Scouting Cameras monitoring the site, and hope to get some candid photographs or video soon. Stay tuned!