American Mink at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin October 8, 2014

The birding was slow this morning along the lakefront in Milwaukee. I had checked all beaches and possible birding locations. I came up empty other than 1 Pied-billed Grebe at Lakeshore State Park. The highlight of the morning was not a bird, but an American Mink at Lakeshore State Park. I ran into a friend and we watched this cute little mammal run in and out of the rocks along the water and at one time ate a vole. I noticed on a couple of images it appeared it had some wood ticks on its body. Images were taken on October 8, 2014.

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American Mink

Scientific name: Neovison vison

Type: Mammal

Habitat: Forested areas along, rivers, streams and lakes with dense vegetation. They may also use habitat of swamps and wetlands.

Average life span in the wild: 1 to 3 years

Size: Adults, head and body males 23”-27” long, females 18”-22” long.

Weight: 2 to 3.5 lbs

Diet: Mainly fish, amphibians, crustaceans, small rodents and sometimes insects. Voles are one of their choice meals.

Range: Alaska, Canada and the entire US except for the Southwest.

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Tail shot

Tail shot

Tail shot

Tail shot

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

One Response to American Mink at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin October 8, 2014

  1. Andy Tiarks says:

    Very nice photos! I, too, just saw a mink. I saw mine at Greenfield Park in West Allis, and I’m heading back tomorrow with a better camera (more than just my phone) to try to get a few pictures of the little gal. It’s so cool to see them in Milwaukee County!

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