Wildlife from recent quarantine walks – March/April 2020
I’ve been shooting mostly digital during our as-often-as-possible nature walks near our home. We are really hunkering down at this point, trying our best to keep ourselves and those around us safe. So making these simple shots of nearby wildlife is a nice escape.
Trudging through the first snows of the season to find small bird havens has been a delight. I managed to find a pile of grass clippings that a nearby grounds-keeper tries to hide away behind some evergreens – the birds love to pick through the pile for insects and seeds.
This is a special episode. This is the first time I set out with a specific objective in mind (rather than just exploring or wandering) and I accomplished it!
The animal in the first image is, I’ve now learned more accurately, an American Mink (not a Fisher or Skink as I thought previously). It is in the weasel family and I can’t believe I found him.
Please enjoy this episode. I know I enjoyed recording it.
Edit: In the audio I misidentify this animal several times. I use mink, weasel, skink (which is a lizard) and fisher! Nearly in the same breath! Sorry about that. I had to get back and carefully look through the photos and compare them with what I’ve found online to figure out this was a mink after all.