Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Muskrat Mounds

I was out in the Cypress Hills today to do a little
work, visit a friend and then have lunch in
Elkwater.  On the way into town I noticed that
the muskrats were already building their winter
homes, known as mounds or push-ups, in
Elkwater Lake.

The first two photos from just twelve days ago
don't show any signs of construction but the
remaining photos taken today show that these
elusive creatures have been very busy.   The
mounds are made of reeds, sticks and grass.
As you can see, the ducks enjoy this end of the
lake as well.

Muskrats are quick to sense danger and hide
quickly.  Over the many years I've been
visiting Elkwater I've only seen muskrats
about ten times.  Last winter I saw them out
playing on the ice; maybe I'll get lucky again
this year and have my camera ready.

Photographed on September 1, 2017 (Nos.1,2)
and September 13, 2017 (Nos.3-7).

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake

Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta, animals, wildlife, Elkwater Lake


2 comments:

  1. I saw something swimming in Sylvan Lake the other night, my first thought was muskrat but I am really not sure.

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    1. It's difficult to identify some of these critters, especially at night.

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