mud, and a with a winter food cache -- those branches sticking up out of
the ice just beyond the lodge. There were plenty of nice beaver tracks
outisde the lodge. Obviously active. Susan and I came upon it this
morning while walking her dogs in Bolton (that's Taz on top of the lodge).
There is an old lodge in the middle of the pond, not plastered, and with
no food cache. The bank lodge is new since last summer, I believe.
Perhaps the occupants were living in a bank burrow over the summer, and
recently built the lodge around the opening for better winter protection.
There was a lot of otter sign in the area, as well, but nothing
particularly photogenic, due to the conditions.