Still - interesting to see the beaver on its hind legs, clasping the trunk of the alder tree with its fore feet and gnawing the bark. These are still hungry times for beavers. Although some grass is growing and I see wood sorrel beginning to put out its leaves, there is not a lot of new growth for beavers and other large herbivores. Yet, the animal in the photograph has a reasonably well covered look to its flank. On the other hand it is surprising to see it assaulting the alder with such enthusiasm when there are birches nearby and some sycamore branches on the felled tree on the far side of that pond.