Sighted: August 08, 2014
Location: Glencoe Swale, Hillsboro, Oregon

I was awakened at 5:30 AM by the sound of Willow branches of larger size being felled into the pond area that borders our front driveway. Upon investigation, I discovered that beaver(s) were active by the sounds of gnawing and water splashing. It was still too dark for photography. Sunrise was 32 minutes away, so I decided to wait and go back to observe the pond then with hopes of capturing more photos.

The wait was well worth it. There were two beavers. One was out in the water, the other closer to shore in a more sheltered area.

The beaver in the water became aware of my presence and proceeded to swim toward the middle of the wetland area.


 The second beaver was not as concerned and continued eating. More photos: Beaver Album

I suspect it left due to the time of day with the advance of daylight.

This is the Willow minus a few branches …



Sighted:  August 01, 2014
Location: Glencoe Swale, Hillsboro, Oregon

We’ve known for many years that beavers are some of the animals who call our wetland front yard “home.” Their presence has always been easy to recognize… beaver lodge and trade-mark logging technique are clearly “beaver. ”

The surprising thing is, up until yesterday, we’ve never actually seen the beavers. We’ve heard them… chewing, swimming, calling each other, and performing the tail-slap warning just prior to diving underwater… should anyone try to approach.

Luck changed last night, August 1, 2014, when this video was captured with an iPhone. This is likely a young beaver, judging by size, who is gnawing bark off a willow stick.

This morning, August 2, 2014, luck prevailed again. Still shots show the beaver swimming in the pool at the edge of our driveway and disappearing in the blink-of-an-eye as he gently glides underwater.




All that remained behind were remnants of a gnawed stick, and the tell-tale chew marks that reveal where the beaver’s breakfast was harvested.



  1. Great Photographs! I’ve seen very little evidence of beavers in my area…southern New Jersey…in fact, in my lifetime I have only seen a beaver lodge, and chewed trees in one area. I never did manage to see the industrious beavers though…enjoyed your photos.

    1. Hello Timelesslady-
      That was my experience, too. Until that little window of opportunity. The beavers have since moved to another part of the wetland and are not active in our little corner. I’m happy you enjoyed the photos 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these photos and the video. Beavers are elusive critters. Like you, I have seen plenty of evidence of where they have been, but rarely have I seen one. How fortunate to have them close by. Keep taking those photos!

    1. Hi Lindy-
      Thank you for clicking into the beaver photo album 🙂
      Yes, sightings can be quite rare! We’ve lived here for a little over twenty years and have long known about our bark-loving, flat-tailed neighbors.Many a story has been told over the years, and countless numbers of my elementary school-aged students have had their faces light up when given the gift a stick that was gnawed upon with tooth marks left etched in the wood.

      I’ll definitely keep watch for more photo opportunities. Happy wild-life watching to us both-

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