While floating, we came around a corner and this is what we saw on the bank. Photos are in the order which they were taken. It did NOT fly away although it tried!
Reference: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/detail_ABNKC01010.aspx for Osprey | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catostomidae for Sucker fish.
Mink on the Bitterroot River – this was the den area. Very cool spot on a nicely vegetated bank of the middle river.
This medium-sized, semi-aquatic carnivore has a long, thin body; short, sturdy legs; short, pointed nose; short, rounded ears, and a dorsoventrally flattened head. The tail is thickly furred and overall color is usually rich dark brown. Look also for a white chin patch and sometimes white spots on the belly. It is similar to the River Otter but is much smaller.