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Old 02-02-2011, 09:50 PM   #11
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Wow! I have never seen a mink before. Well, never a live mink, that is. Lucky you, Calliandra!
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:49 PM   #12
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I'm so glad my husband spotted him. We had a moment as the mink came up through the forest to anticipate his movements and snap a photo.

If it weren't for the contrast between his coat and the snow, he would have been invisible... he was very slinkyish. Who would have thought that anything would be out on an icy 20-degree day, anyway? Even most of the squirrels were lying low.

I think I miss 99% of what goes on in my backyard-- every year I find something new.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:29 AM   #13
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How fun!
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:32 AM   #14
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In the 11+ years we've lived here. I have seen exactly one mink - I caught it in a live trap set for groundhogs that had constructed a burrow too close to our spring house for comfort. I released it to go about its business, but didn't think to get a photo first...
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #15
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I think I miss 99% of what goes on in my backyard-- every year I find something new.
I'm sure a lot of us do. Your post has me wanting to install a motion detecting camera--make that numerous cameras thoroughout the yard. I'd love to see what I'm missing!
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Check the cams before you buy them. Some of them are only good for big animals and open conditions. The 35mm models will work under all conditions and even for the smallest mammals, so I still use the stealth cam 35mm. I am tempted to move to a homemade model though as I've seen some really nice results with small wildlife using those (digital).
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Check the cams before you buy them. Some of them are only good for big animals and open conditions. The 35mm models will work under all conditions and even for the smallest mammals, so I still use the stealth cam 35mm. I am tempted to move to a homemade model though as I've seen some really nice results with small wildlife using those (digital).

Thanks, midwesternerr. I doubt I'll be doing this any time soon; I just like the idea of capturing something special.

I'd be interested in what you come up with for your homemade model.
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I'm sure a lot of us do. Your post has me wanting to install a motion detecting camera--make that numerous cameras thoroughout the yard. I'd love to see what I'm missing!
I bought one to see what kept digging under my shed...I kept plugging up a hole with rocks to find it opened and used whenever I returned...
One of these days I'll create a thread to show you....It's really AMAZING the number of different critters that had visited!

I'l be going for a visit myself this weekend...See you all, Mon-Tues. By
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