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putting out a grouse from a spot you've
described to your hunting companions as
"birdy-looking."
June 20: Strolled down to the pond this
evening and was surprised to see a baby
muskrat squatting in the shallows nibbling
a root it held in its forepaws. When it
finished that one, it waddled up the bank,
and with tooth and claw, extracted another
from the ground. As before, it returned to
the water to eat.
While watching him, the young ragweeds nearby parted to reveal a little
brother or sister. This one was pulling
down the weeds with its paws and nibbling off their tender tops.
They were cute little rascals - probably
six inches long, excluding the tail. Their
pelts were grayer than adults, and were
thickly overlaid with long, glossy black
guard hairs, especially toward the tail.
I watched them for some time until
George's muscovy drake came huffing
and puffing across the pond, whereupon
they disappeared into a nearby burrow.
June 21: A mockingbird nesting
across the way made repeated trips to
Rummel's lawn for food for her nestlings.
The distance must have been more than
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150 yards one way, but for an hour she
made the flights without interruption.
Obviously she had found good hunting.
On one visit, she picked a large caterpillar
from the lawn, and on several occasions,
I saw her withdraw a black field cricket
from the grass.
June 23: I watched the baby muskrats
again this afternoon, and discovered that
there are three of them. Two fed continuously among the ragweed, but the other
spent most of his time swimming about in
one corner of the pond. He was buoyant
as a cork and seemed to enjoy executing
complicated maneuvers, like a small boy
on a tricycle.
I had been sitting quietly on the shore,
partially hidden by the duck shelter, and
the little fellows were apparently unaware
that I was there. Suddenly, however, the
wind changed and blew directly in their
direction. I can't prove they scented me,
but the two on shore abruptly waddled
to the water and swam across the pond
to their hole. There was no panic, but all
three disappeared into the den and didn't
come out while I was there. Several
authors have written that baby muskrats
are utterly without fear, but these three just
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