Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have two contributors today. The first is Charles Sawicki, who found a beaver! His notes, and those of Stephen below, are indented.

Here are photos and a movie of a rescued beaver.

This North American beaver (Castor canadensis) was found early last summer as a tiny kit crying in a drainage ditch. Beavers in distress make sounds that can easily be mistaken for a crying child. She had nasty puncture wounds suggesting an attack by some sort of raptor. There was no lodge nearby so she was taken to a rehab person and named Beatrix (voyager in Nordic languages).

At a few pounds she was much too small to be outside her lodge, so how her problems began remains a mystery. Initially nursed on goat milk, she is now doing well, but can’t be released to the wild since she missed the acquisition of cultural knowledge from her parents as well as the proper diet required to maintain the hind gut microbes needed to digest woody lignocellulosic materials from poplar, aspen, and cottonwood. She is still small for her age, and will probably go to a local zoo this coming summer for use in outreach programs since she is comfortable around humans and can be petted.

Beatrix climbs on my foot, recognizing me as a source of treats:

Beatrix with her favorite goodie (a sweet potato):

Beatrix nomming a yam:

And Stephen Barnard is back with some photos from Idaho:

Cedar Waxwings [Bombycilla cedrorum] sharing a treat. I think it’s a pair-bonding thing.Their feathers are so sleek. The Bohemian Waxwings are slightly more beautiful, but I haven’t seen them here.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). He’s looking at my dogs, shortly after sunrise.

And two landscapes. About the first one Stephen said, “It was a cold evening. I got the chills shooting it in my slippers and shirt sleeves.”


  1. Posted February 9, 2019 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  2. Posted February 9, 2019 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    New backgrounds for my iPads and iPhones. Thanks Steven!

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    It’s commendable to take care of a beaver.

    What is it with Waxwings? They’re so captivating

    If owls could be pets, I’d want that one.

  4. Posted February 9, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Woa, those are all amazing! The GHO rather startled me.
    I remember an account from a old book about living close to nature (can’t remember much of anything about it), but one thing that stayed with me was the author describing a pet beaver that would beg to be picked up and cuddled, even as an adult. If you didn’t give it fusses, the beaver would carry on ‘like a naughty child’.

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Wonderful Beatrix story and incredible photos. That is quite a photo of an owl.

  6. rustybrown
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    What wonderful pictures. You have quite an eye.

  7. CAS
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Nice Great Horned Owl photo!

    • Posted February 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      I like this one because he’s doing at my dogs, not directly at me, which is the typical owl portrait pose.

      • Posted February 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        “looking” not “doing”. How in hell did that typo happen?

        • ThyroidPlanet
          Posted February 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

          The funny thing is, I understood it as “looking”.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Do horned owls pose a threat to smaller dogs or cats? That is one cool dude.

    Nice Beatrix story…cute little bugger.

    • Posted February 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      They’re capable of killing a cat, but they prefer smaller prey — mice and voles.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted February 9, 2019 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        That’s owls I take it, not beavers? – which I presume are strictly herbivores?


  9. Shirley Beaver
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    My distant relation! I’m Castor biber, the European cousin! He’s gorgeous!

  10. rickflick
    Posted February 10, 2019 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    The landscapes are dramatic. Different light, different mood.

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