We Have Baby Minks on the South Fork of the Eel
Ok Mink Lovers! Are you ready for Minky adventures????
I admit that I am a lover of light. It is what I call “divine lighting” that entices me out in the mornings. That glow of early morning or evenings that gives photos just the right feel. I admit I think wildlife should show up during this divine lighting. But, one thing I have learned in my years of stalking is that wildlife does not perform on demand. This morning was dark and overcast and almost misting. It did not entice me. BUT – I know that the overcast sometimes brings out the WILD. So – out I went. From the start it was magical. An Osprey was perched across the river. A Great Blue Heron waited at the mini rapids behind my house – but flew off quickly. A Fox – most likely the male – barked at me from the brush behind my neighbors. None of this did I catch with my camera. But I could feel the magic and kept going. Quite often, in our valley, it is all or nothing. Today was shaping up to be all. I watched the Raven family squabble over food. I watched a Merganser and was intrigued by the ripples near it. Hmmmmm…I zoomed in closer and sure enough..there was Minky – hiding in the grass at river’s edge. My first sighting of the season – almost exactly a year from last years sighting that let me know there were babies. I followed Minky for two hours – patient as I know sometimes it is 10 or 20 minutes between sightings. I watched her fish and wondered if she was solo or a new mama. Then I saw her catch a Lamprey! Small for a Lamprey but as large as she is. She brought that Lamprey all the way back down river to the den. To feed her babies. Folks – we have Mink babies again this year!!!!! I am doing a happy dance!!! Whoohoo! Congrats Mama Minky