I spent nearly an hour with a mink at McGee Cree in March 2017
And I was very much aware of that encounter when I met a mink beside my kayak back on Thursday, October 11. Sorry about the delay in reporting. I actually want to try a technique of referencing that I will use for creating an astronomy page - non sequitur for most people but I see some logic(?) in it.
So here I am in the kayak when the mink swims pass my bow and scrambles ashore at our "dock":
I think, thought at the time, that the leaves might be nesting material. I have not seen the mink since so will have to wait and observe tracks in the snow and maybe some interesting sights in the Spring.
I didn't want to disturb the animal - thinking of future photographic possibilities - and so I paddled away, nearly 1km, beyond Leacock, when I saw another mink:
We don't have these large blocks of - dolomite? Anyway, I returned to our condo, slowly, looking to see if the mink was still in the vicinity - yes!
I landed and put the kayak away and then waited patiently(?) Non-invasively, I hope.
I wonder how safe the Kingfisher burrow is - it is less than 200m away, and I have seen the area and would not say I am that alert. Certainly it is not a matter of life or death for me. I have seen a raccoon in the vicinity of the burrow and a brood of Kingfishers afterwards so I do hope there is space for them.
Wise Old Bird - just experimenting after a Tom Wilson recital, Beautiful Scars.