Last January a female mink at one of the beaver ponds put on a pretty interesting show. She seemed to be staking a territorial claim on the pond and its ice fishing rights. It's quite possibly that she was also calling dibs on an uninhabited beaver lodge (well, it was uninhabited by beavers). I had been observing this particular mink for several weeks –as her visits to Sarah's Pond seemed to coincide with my own. Usually, she'd be busy fishing; diving down into a gap in the ice next to one of the flooded out buckthorn trees. Her method was to stand on a broken off snag while staring intently at the hole in the ice. Without warning she'd plunge into the dark icy water. A minute later she would emerge from the same hole or from one nearby, shake herself off and the return to watching the water. Perhaps one out of every 4 times, she would come back up with a minnow.
|The mink will continue to fish through the winter as long as there is a hole in the ice|
|Dashing over the ice on the beaver pond|
|The Mink runs on the ice pursuing a swimming muskrat|
|Trying hard to get at the mouse nest inside the bird house|
|The nest of a White-footed Mouse|
|Mink are excellent swimmers|