Though I've been focusing much of my attention lately on birds and edible plants, occasionally the sighting of an elusive mammal puts my agenda on hold. Last week, I was walking with Jenny along a coastal shoreline in Falmouth, ME when she spotted an American Mink (Neovison vison). We watched the tubular creature sneak in and out of shadowy crevices, occasionally pausing to carefully assess the path ahead. During a moment of sun-lit stillness, we were able to see the mammal's white chin patch, a clinching field mark for an American Mink.
Note: The pavement photos below are of a different American Mink seen in late June of this year.