December 2014

One less rather large mink

December 29, 2014 Nature, Trapping

A mink in the trap this morning.  Found it out of the water, with the traps chain looped about the stake several times.  Larger than the first one. Did it struggle out on its own?  Or were its mates pulling on it? That’s 3 muskrat, 2 mink and 1 unknown to date.

Pond’s been quiet

December 19, 2014 Nature, Trapping

Pond has been quiet – in that each day it looks the same as it looked the day before.  In other words – the muskrats have not been active. Are they gone?  Or just laying low? No new broken reeds.  No half chewed bits of reed floating about.  The surface holes to their dens have not been repaired.  And they have not been used in over a week either.  Nor have their underwater entrance holes shown signs of use.  AndRead More

Decklady in Blue

December 9, 2014 Nature

  She just loves the blue

a shot in catville

December 9, 2014 Nature

  Catville … and a Shot.

Third muskrat

December 9, 2014 Nature, Trapping

This afternoon, finally inspected the SW den’s entrance trap – and there was a muskrat in it.  Disposed of ratty, and reset the trap – same place as always.  Why change it? So far, that’s 3 muskrats, 1 mink, and 1 unknown.  

Crunchy Ground, Empty Trap

December 8, 2014 Nature, Trapping

The muddy ground crunched this morning, underfoot, as I walked the hill, down to the pond. Winter. And the pond was skimmed with a thin layer of clear ice. Water was clear too. Quite stunning, looking through that clear still ice, down into the cold silent pond. No surface motion disturbing the view. The trap set over the SW den’s underwater entrance was still in place.  But – the opening to mink’s access hole … that had been snugged up with detritus – grass andRead More

Empty Trap

December 6, 2014 Nature, Trapping

Nothing in the trap this morning.  And … the mink made access hole above the SW den looked unused, as did the tan colored muddy muskrat slide on the pond bottom, fanning out from the front of the underwater entrance hole to the SW den – that also looked unused. Are they all gone?  Minks and muskrats?  We’ll see.   The trap’s still there, set, under the water, covering the SW den’s entrance.

Early December

December 5, 2014 Nature, Trapping

Some pics – the yard, Miles (the dog) and where I’ve been trapping …

Minks – who knew?

December 5, 2014 Nature, Trapping

Trapping – this morning, found a mink in the trap – it had been trying to enter the muskrat den through the underwater entrance, which of course had the trap set over it. I noticed too, that the hole above the den, was still in use, and had been tightened up – it was smooth from use, where the first day I saw it, it was just loose dirt. So – was the mink using the muskrat den? Anyway, IRead More

Eureka – one less muskrat

December 3, 2014 Trapping

Today – my first muskrat … caught in the trap I’d been focusing on, set on a hole to the den on the SW side of the pond.  I’d reset it yesterday, pushing it down firmly into the mud in front of that entrance. And at noon today, when I went down to the pond, there was a muskrat caught in the trap – it’s butt sticking out of the hole.  Obviously caught as it was entering the den through that hole. Do not know how theRead More