We went for a walk along the Manor farm section of the reserve; partly for exercise and partly for me to put my trail camera back out. My partner always searches the banks of the Blackwater as we walk, ever hopeful of spotting some wild mammals. Today, she got an early Christmas present. She spotted an American mink. Possibly the same one my trail cam picked up last week.
She was dead chuffed, though this feeling was slightly tempered with the knowledge of how much damage this creature will do to the local wildlife.
I managed to film the beastie with my bridge camera. Unfortunately a party of four walkers came along and spooked the mink off. I can't upload video to my website as I have the cheapest most basic plan. Three screen shots will have to do. There is a close up, then a pull back, while the last shot has the back of the mink to you as it turned and dived into the water. It swam off under the water.
If you spot an American mink on or near the reserve then please report this either to the Moor Green Lakes Group or the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust.
A polite notice first: All photographs on this blog are owned by me and subject to copyright.