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Posted by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Jul 31, 2022 4:33 pm

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I was shooting butterflies when I turned around to find this little guy on the steps to my studio. We were both surprised and just stared at each other before it took off like lightening to chase a chipmunk. I wish I'd had time to back up and get the feet, but everything  happened in about 3 seconds. I  think he/she lives under my studio, which is  a shed-like structure. pretty sure it's a stoat, not  a weasel.
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by Carol Clarke on Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:22 pm
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Certainly looks to be a stoat, Cindy with that head, the longer tail and black tip. What a lovely surprise and well done you to react quickly enough to get such a lovely image of your little visitor! I love that alert look! If it has taken up residence under your studio you might get lucky again if it doesn't get frightened off.


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by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:36 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Certainly looks to be a stoat, Cindy with that head, the longer tail and black tip.   What a lovely surprise and well done you to react quickly enough to get such a lovely image of your little visitor!    I love that alert look!  If it has taken up residence under your studio you might get lucky again if it doesn't get frightened off.


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Thanks Carol.  They are sure quick! Maybe it likes my piano music? ;)
Here's a fuzzier head but I got the feet
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by Swissblad on Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:05 pm
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What a cute little fellow - definitely looks like a stoat (Mustela erminea) to me.
We had a Pine Marten live in the roof of an old farm house we rented....would regularly peep through the skylight window to see what we were doing.
Hope you get to see your visitor again.
 

by david fletcher on Mon Aug 01, 2022 1:55 am
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Wow! What a fabulous visitor Cindy! The look is priceless. Thanks for sharing.
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:17 am
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
Certainly looks to be a stoat, Cindy with that head, the longer tail and black tip.   What a lovely surprise and well done you to react quickly enough to get such a lovely image of your little visitor!    I love that alert look!  If it has taken up residence under your studio you might get lucky again if it doesn't get frightened off.


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Thanks Carol.  They are sure quick! Maybe it likes my piano music? ;)
Here's a fuzzier head but I got the feet
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Of course its your piano playing!  who wouldn't be charmed by that........  :wink:   It might well be picking up the gentle vibes of you artistic folk in your woodland sanctuary.......... and on top of that it will have some little rodents coming after the fallen seeds from your feeders..... so its a win win for the stoat. 

Just look at those eyes, like two shining black currants, and such pretty little feet!

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