This gallery contains 3 photos. This American mink was spotted ambling straight at me at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on a sunny Good Friday start to the Easter weekend. I thought that the “weird-looking squirrel” looked like a weasel, unlike one of the guides pointed out that mink “patrol” the sanctuary.
He’s a great swimmer and diver, having taken more than a few dips in the various ponds to fish, and is clearly not the least bit afraid of humans. They may be nocturnal and twilight creatures, but we saw at least two that were actively hunting in broad daylight! And we can’t hold DST responsible for their tendency to turn diurnal. 🙂
Can we say all-you-can-eat? He’s caught a field mouse a quarter his size! Although minks will eat eggs and birds, catching, caching, and eating the field mouse is okay … except for maybe the owls, who also snack on rodents.