Beavers are back in the lake!! I've been seeing evidence that suggested they were back, like young wild Willow branches and trunks floating in the lake. This morning I finally spotted them--two Beavers were enjoying a breakfast of willow branches.
From time to time Beavers appear in the lake, but they've been absent for about five years. At that time the furry lumberjacks builts a small pond, which was good, but they also ate two of my Willow trees, a Bald Cypress and a few other plants. You can check out the past Beaver mayhem at http://www.georgiabackyardnature.com/georgia_backyard_nature/beaver/ .
I'm not really surprised to see Beavers are back. This is the time of the year that young male Beavers leave their families' lodges to establish their own territory. It seems this one has found a bride and may be ready to raise a family. Also, the marsh is overgrown with hundreds of wild Willow saplings. Willows are the Beaver's favorite food so this must seem like heaven to them.
The appearance of Beavers is really bittersweet--I love watching them because they are truly fascinating creatures. But on the other hand, having lost five nice sized Weeping Willows, a Bald Cypress, and numerous shrubs to them, I cringe, knowing they can really destroy a yard. Even though Beavers are destructive, I can't help cheering because they're back. Stay tuned to see how I feel when they invade my yard!!