A Weasel is Weasily Recognised*

Well, well, well, you learn something new every day. As I was riding down to the garage this morning for the paper just for a change, a long thin scuttling beastie crossed my path. I assumed it was a weasel just because I’ve always called those little scurrying things weasels, stoats seeming somewhat out of my league. But having looked it up on t’internet, it turns out that the black tip to the tail – plus the fact that it was big enough for me to think it was a squirrel at first glance – marks it out as a stoat. A nice addition to my list of positively identified wildlife I’ve seen from my bike. Not only that but a kestrel took the chance to show itself off in a sudden patch of sunshine, gliding and darting through a field of indifferent sheep. Throw in a wren, darting across at ankle-height on furiously flapping stubby little wings, and the top of a telegraph pole that suddenly transformed itself into a buzzard and flew heavily away, and the fact that I came back with a paper at all seems like a bonus, rather than the whole point of the ride. (The roadkill total was also enhanced to the tune of one dead badger, but let’s not dwell on that one).

*Whereas a stoat is stotally different


10 Responses to A Weasel is Weasily Recognised*

  1. Flighty says:

    I’ve only ever caught a few glimpses of stoats and/or weasels at night, There’s lots of wrens on the allotment site but as for getting a good look at them…! xx

  2. RB says:

    We had a similar sighting just a week or two back – a stoat jumping in and out of the hedgerow – but with a very small specimen; it was only the black tail that gave it away. Gorgeous animals…

    The strangest thing I’ve ever seen was a wasp catching a daddy-long-legs in mid-air, crashing it to the ground, “dismantling” it and then bundling it up under an “arm” and flying off with it! Gave me a whole new respect for wasps!

  3. disgruntled says:

    Flighty – yes, wrens are quick, aren’t they? Worth looking for though
    RB – wasps are pretty amazing, when they aren’t trying to drunkenly crash your picnic…

  4. Dom says:

    All wasps should die. Full stop. End of story. 🙂

  5. disgruntled says:

    You’re not a fan of figs, I take it then?

  6. Dom says:

    No, nor wasps 🙂

  7. Nick says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a stoat – and I probably wouldn’t (until now anyway) have known what it was if I had seen one. But I did see a pair of storks when we were out for a ride along the rivers Maas and Waal on Sunday – and there aren’t many of those about in this part of the world.

  8. bikinginla says:

    Yes, but was it a slim stoat or more of a stout stoat…?

  9. disgruntled says:

    Nick – did they have any babies with them?
    BikinginLa – it was rather a scruffy stoat

  10. Nick says:

    No, I think they’d eaten them – just nappies hanging over the side of the nest.

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