To most, the beaver is a destrutive varmint, out to destroy habitat that might otherwise be used for farming or development. But to most birders, the beaver is a creative engineer of wetlands that attract new bird species to an environ. Such is the case for the beaver that has taken up residence at Bond Park this past year. The beaver bond used to be a bog, and the birds were always good here, but now, with the dam in place, the floodgates have been opened to new bird species. Just this morning, I saw 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 1st-summer Green Herons, a pair of Belted Kingfishers, and a Louisiana Waterthrush. Yesterday, an Eastern Phoebe darted after growing swarms of flies.
Earlier this Spring the beaver pond hosted a family of Phoebes. Northern Rough-Winged Swallows flew regular sorties in and out of the beaver pond, along with low-flying Chimney Swifts. In the afternoons, Red-shoulder Hawks stand guard on one of 2 snags in the pond, the same snags frequented by Flickers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
What will the Fall migration bring to the beaver’s pond?
Besides the birds, a choir of frogs sings every night and whenever a rain cloud ventures near. Dragonfly wings rattle the air, and mosquitoes are of the gregarious sort.