One of the advantages of living at River Towers is our close-up view of wildlife. Now that Spring is here, you can see a wide variety of animals throughout the property. Some points of interest include:
- Beavers and muskrats can both be seen swimming in our canal and in the marsh. Beavers are bigger and have flat, paddle-like tails. Muskrats are smaller and have thin tails. The Washington Post has a guide that is helpful in telling the difference between the two. Both animals may live together in the beaver lodge, which can be seen from our back yard. The beavers in the lodge have at least two babies, known as kits.
- Song Birds are plentiful this time of year, especially in the Ellipse, Marsh, and Picnic Grove. We have an incredibly wide variety, and some that you may see and hear include: Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees, Mourning Doves, Purple Martins, Blue Jays, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Goldfinches, and Yellow Warblers.
- Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks are both waterfowl that we see here in much larger numbers during the winter.
Remember: Do not harm, feed, chase, or harass our wildlife. If you have guests, please remind them of these rules.