Over the years I have been spending time in the photo blind at Dahomey NWR, the
River Otter population has seemed to be on the increase. It is totally unreal
to sit and watch the otters fish and crunch on crayfish as they swim the outer
edges of the slough. At times they have come up under and bumped the blind as
they pass under. The barks and chirps are a pleasure to hear. Somewhat
difficult to photograph as they are rarely still and they swim in and out of
the light and shadows making it hard to expose correctly.
It is hard to get to some of my birding areas after the flooding rains of last
week -- not seeing much now but yard birds and lots of dickcissels -- the
mosquitos and Horse flies have exploded making walking the woods trails a real
combat adventure! I am not that hardcore. Take care!
On Monday, June 14, 2021, 08:24:28 AM CDT, Gene Knight
MISSMAMMAL,My name is Gene Knight and I live just south of Oxford, MS. I have
been a Bird Watcher for over 35 years in MS and all over the US. Being a nature
person my birding has allowed me to see many mammals. In Dec 2019 birding with
a friend south of Oxford we encountered a RIVER OTTER in a small impoundment
off the Yocona River. My friend was able to get this video with the otter
barking at us! At first we thought it was a beaver or such. The small head and
straight thin tail plus the barking told us that it was an otter. I have seen
otters a couple other times in MS. Once at Enid Lake in Yalobusha Co. and once
in Tunica Co. I don't think they are very numerous in MS.
I have several mammal photos in my photo collection and when time allows me I
might send a few your way. Enjoy the otter at the link provided.
Gene KnightOxford, MS