Ummm, apparently another critter has taken up residence. I called my neighbor to vent about my close call with a vole (I saw it running from shrub-to-shrub via the front window). While checking window views for signs of other voles, I spotted this in our pond. It wasn't there before (click HERE for proof). This is what it looks like now:
Funny thing is, my neighbor and I had spotted some large burrows on the hill near another pond behind our property. After some thorough Googling and discussion, we're pretty sure a beaver has moved into the neighborhood.
Lucky for us.
Not only do we have one of North America's most prolific mammals taking over the yard, we now have a beaver, the world's second largest rodent.
I can't wait to see what new adventure tomorrow brings...