When I arrived, I did indeed find their holes frozen over. They had been out during the recent warm rainy weather, and had chopped down a small (around 7 feet tall) spruce tree, and dragged it whole into the pond through a hole not much bigger than a beaver. They are strong and determined wrestlers of trees. While conifers are not a large part of the diet of these beavers, they do eat them—bark, mall twigs, and needles. I have seen them eat spruce, hemlock, and fir.
|Stump of the little spruce.|
|Beech branches stuffed into the beaver's pond, spruce needles in foreground.|
|Eating biscuit, quills raised|