The snow has gone but there is still some ice. Time for a final report on the muskrats. This one was posing particularly well for the photo, or rather dead, lying on top of snow and ice, beneath which all the water in this small stream was frozen solid.

I wondered if it had simply been unable to get back home: the burrows are dry, but the entrances are under water. Anyway, I wasn’t the only person to notice it, and two days later it looks as if the rest of the family were cleared out too:

Meanwhile, on the Pegnitz, other birds had left their frozen ponds:

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