Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Nature Notes: A Touch of Mink



On a recent weekend visit to the lighthouse in Ludington Michigan, we spotted this little fellow hunting among the rocks.  He (she?) is a mink, which are mostly nocturnal and secretive. Mink are fierce predators and feed only on other animals - fish, frogs, birds, etc. I suspect its fearless foraging was related to the many fishermen around the pier, who may provide it with an occasional tidbit. See the white chin? They all have that. Cute, no?

It's always fun for me to see new animals and birds when we travel, and it's amazing how much things change just a short distance to the north. As usual, I didn't have the best lens for the job attached to the camera, and it was a very gray day. But it's my first mink sighting, so I'm showing it off anyway.

Here's the lighthouse, too, and another resident of the area, who seems to be trying to blend in.

North Breakwater Lighthouse 2

Blending In

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Karen said...

Mink are cute looking. Lucky for you it was a gray day, or he may not have been out and about. They are usually active at dawn and dusk.

simply bev said...

I don't believe I've ever seen a mink. What a cutie and how lucky you were to have seen him with your camera in hand!

eileeninmd said...

How cool, the mink is a cute critter! Great sighting and photos!

Carver said...

He is cute. I've never seen a mink.

Rambling Woods said...

I see them here once in a while, but after they ate the muskrats, we haven't had another one here on the pond... Michelle

EG CameraGirl said...

Seeing a mink is rare here too. They are secretive.