Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pop Goes the Weasel

We have seen a couple members of the weasel family here at Leadville National Fish Hatchery. American Martens (aka Pine Martens) live in the forest here, and we've been fortunate enough to see them a couple of times. But not fortunate enough to get a picture!!

Closer to our RV, we spotted a Long-tailed Weasel a week or so ago, but failed to get a picture. But as luck would have it I looked out this morning to see one perched on a boulder about 30' from our front door. GET THE CAMERA!!!

Long-tailed Weasel
These little guys are about 12" long and weigh around a half-pound. In winter they turn pure white, but keep the little black tip on their tail.

There is lush grass surrounding the base of this boulder, and the weasel was clearly hunting.  This area is filled with mice, chipmunks, and ground squirrels, so these guys probably eat pretty well.
Where'd it Go??
The weasel took a sudden turn to its right and then jumped into the grass, but whatever it was hunting escaped (this time).

We'll keep our eyes peeled for a return appearance from this one!!


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