>It must be nice living where the deer come to your back door.
Speaking of where we live: Today I saw a bald eagle zero in on a
suspecting (yes, he knew he was the target) duck who couldn't get away,
and then shred the poor thing on a piling on our dock. Wouldn't you think
that something as majestic as a bald eagle would sever the spine or cut
the throat first? EEch. No wonder the ducks swim for cover when they see
the familiar shadow reflecting in the water.
My favorite wildlife experience was when a mother mink was raising her
babies under our dock. She went off for too long I guess, because the
babies came out to explore. They were friendly and cuter than kittens.
But when she got back, and found they had been playing on our beach, she
bit each of them and pushed them back into the nest. They were very
sorry! She knew that mink are not supposed to be friendly with humans.
Later that summer, when she started nipping at us when we were swimming,
we had to call fish and wildlife to ask for advice. They said to play a
radio outside loud all night and leave a lantern burning on the dock.
After several days of this, she moved her nest. I was sorry about that,
but being bitten by a mink is not very funny.
on Lake Whatcom, in Bellingham, Washington
PS We never see otters any more and we are concerned about that. They
used to frolic in our lake like crazy.
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