Sunday, November 18, 2007
These ponds were created by beaver. I see these ponds out of my front windows every day. They are beginning to freeze over now. The temperature at 4 AM this morning was 15°F (-9.4°C). The meadow used to be a hayfield until the beavers damed May Brook, which is behind the ridge in the background of this photo. The area is known as Duquette Flats after the bachelor brothers who farmed here in the mid 1900s. The ponds are home to otter, geese, ducks, heron, mink, and weasel and are a source of food for fish, moose, deer, coyote, fox and other animals. Hundreds of redwing blackbirds nest here in the early summer.