As nature sightings go, it wasn't exactly bigfoot, but it was still pretty cool.
I've seen signs of a beaver, or beavers, in our neighborhood pond. No surprise, it's a pretty good place for them. But I didn't know exactly where or when they were there, or if they were residents or passers by.
Still don't know all the details, but when you see a freshly eaten tree trunk and a slide with packed snow down to the water, it's obvious there's been a beaver working within the last few days, and likely at night.
I also saw a U-shaped path between two ponds where the beaver crossed enough times to compact and melt the snow into a little bobsled run.
Never miss a local story.
Heck, maybe it did it for fun.
Snow shows tracks, burrows and other signs of animal life. It's like a short-term history lesson of what's been though the area.
I saw where a small herd of deer crossed through a vacant lot and disappeared into the thick riparian zone of the Boise River. One set of tracks was considerably larger than the others, and considering the season, it likely was made by a rutting buck.
I probably could have followed them to their beds, but I didn't want to bother them. Just knowing they were there was enough for me.