A Mink Tale
Sunday found us on the millpond. We had no particular goal in mind other than to spend some time together and enjoy the pond. The day was beautiful, the pond was beautiful, and we were in no hurry. Birds kept us company. We recorded a total of 54 species - everything from brown creepers and green winged teal to bald eagles. (Have I mentioned lately that I love this place?)
But birds weren't our only companions. There were mammals out and about as well. As we were poking around behind an island in the pond, trying to get a closer look at a green-winged teal, I spied something swimming in the water heading for the shoreline of the island. Treebeard eased the canoe around and I got the camera out. It was a mink! (Mustela vison) I see their tracks and scat quite often, but have never gotten a really good look at one in the wild. Once the little fellow got out of the water, he scurried along the shoreline. Mink are high energy critters - he wouldn't stay still. Fifteen pictures later we lost his trail -- the photo above is the only one that came out half-way decent.