While visiting downtown Indiana for a wedding, my husband and I were surprised to find a beaver in downtown Indianapolis. It was hanging out in a small area of open water on the mostly frozen White River, whittling away at some sticks. The last picture shows the frozen river just upstream from the beaver.
My second picture did not turn out at all except that it captured the red iridescence on the throat. The sides of the bird were iridescent green. Three of them were fighting over an incredible smelling winter Daphne that is in full bloom.
Leaf shape looks exactly as shown in California Mosses, 2-ranked, margin mostly entire, and nerve appearing to reach apex. Capsules ovoid and terminal on main stem.
Growing in moist soil along side of trail.