[Tweeters] Long-tailed Weasel
tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Tue Aug 6 20:57:02 PDT 2013
I've now had emails from three individuals questioning whether my
photos are of a Long-tailed Weasel, and suggesting it was, rather, a
Mink. Looking at photos in a Google search, that seems quite likely.
My assumption it was a LTW was based on the multiple reports LTW
sightings at Marymoor, whereas I didn't recall reports of Mink there.
I am hoping Michael Hobbs or someone else will chime in with
information as to documented sightings of Mink at Marymoor.
As for swimming ability, this critter definitely had some--it seemed
to swim effortlessly across the swift current about 6-8 feet below
the weir spillway.
It's hard to tell if there was white under the (very soaked) chin,
but it surely was not entirely white.
At 06:12 PM 8/6/2013, Rob Sandelin wrote:
>Hmm, given that the animal was wet it doesn't seem to show the usual
>light underchin. Could be the wetness or the light. Makes me wonder
>if it's a baby mink. Was the tail thick or thin? I have watched
>weasels avoid water, actually even breaking off a chase when the
>prey (a jumping mouse) lept into a shallow side stream. Whereas Mink
>are totally water wise.
>From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
>[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Marc Hoffman
>Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 11:09 AM
>To: jeff gibson; tweeters at u.washington.edu
>Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Long-tailed Weasel
>Jeff's post convinced me I needed to share some photos from
>yesterday when I paddled the Sammamish Slough beside Marymoor Park
>at around 6 pm. I was watching a female Common Merganser when I saw
>what I thought was a little Otter head poke up through the water
>just below the weir. Turned out to be a Weasel. You can see photos
>on my blog at http://www.SongbirdPhoto.com.
>Happy birding--birds & otherwise,
>tweeters "at" dartfrogmedia "dot" com
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