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Sammy Jay Makes a Short Visit
Paddy the Beaver was hard at work. He had just cut down a good sized aspen tree and now he was gnawing it into short lengths to put in his food pile in the pond. As he worked, Paddy was doing a lot of thinking about the footprint of Old Man Coyote in the little patch of mud, for he knew that meant that Old Man Coyote had discovered his pond, and would be hanging around, hoping to catch Paddy off his guard. Paddy knew it just as well as if Old Man Coyote had told him so. That was why he was at work cutting his food supply in the daytime. Usually he works at night and he knew that Old Man Coyote knew it too.
“He’ll try to catch me then,” thought Paddy, “so I’ll do my working on land now and fool him.”
The tree he was cutting began to sway and crack. Paddy cut out one more big chip then hurried away to a safe place while the tree fell with a crash.
“Jaay-Jaay!” called a voice just behind Paddy.
“Hello, Sammy Jay!” said Paddy with a twinkle in his eye, “do you want to sit up in this tree while I cut it down?”
“No, I’d rather not,” said Sammy Jay, “I was just checking on you as I saw you had an unannounced visitor this morning.”
“And who would that be?” asked Paddy, pretending to be a bit alarmed.
Sammy didn’t get a chance to respond. Crack! Over fell the tree Paddy had been cutting and the top of it fell straight into the alder in which Sammy was sitting. “Oh! Oh, my goodness!” Sammy cried, spreading his wings and flying away all flustered.
Paddy sat down and laughed until his sides ached. “Come make me another call some day and stay awhile Sammy!” he said. “And by the way, I know all about Old Man Coyote. You can tell him for me that when he is planning to catch people he should be careful not to leave footprints to give himself away.”
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P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series
Video 31 <HERE>
Curious if a beaver lodge has emerged along the beaver canal as a 3ft tall stick and mud pile now sits above the water line.
Melting ice in the beaver canal due to warm days with over 33 trees down to date and some floating pieces in the water. Paddy’s still busy!
Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-44 on PINTEREST
From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.