Meeting creatures of the Kilsberg hills

July 1, 2010 in SWEDEN | Comments (11)

Continuation of Midsummer night’s dream in Sweden.

Thursday evening – new animal visitor. 

Down at the water, quietly gazing at reflections. The upside down  trees, sky and clouds were suddenly scattered by a swoop of breeze into quivering bars of colour. I turned my head. And suddenly there he was. 

A new animal visitor. Brown and furry, opening and closing his mouth as he swam, emitting a little bark or grunt, swimming straight towards me. Surely not the shy beaver? I  hardly breathed trying to stay quiet and bring him closer. 

But suddenly he turned and swam around in circles, then dived, with a snaky curve of his back. Was gone. 

Now the geese family swam straight at me, as if to will me to depart. I just stood, hoping my silly cap bought in Tenerife would impress with its beak like shade. 

Two families afloat on the river in front of the house

Suddenly the new furry brown visitor appeared at my right, much closer…his head above the water and the body trailing out just beneath. Then he dived again with the curve of his back and hump of his haunches visible. 

Is it an otter or the European water vole?  We have just been on the internet to try to find out. 

He would be a very big water vole or a small otter. I think his face was more rounded, more like an otter. Oh I hope for the privilege of seeing him again. 


Pelle went down to the river and he has snapped the beaver eating and swimming. Now was it him I saw diving after all? Or her…there are several families of beavers in Sågdammen and Kvarndammen and not many birches left on our property. Itchy teeth… 

Beaver pix below 

Beaver swimming past on river below the house

Beaver over water by the islet

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