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Weasel Tracks

12-24-13 weasel & stonewall IMG_9602When looking for signs of weasel– Long-tailed or Ermine (formerly called Short-tailed Weasel) – in winter, stonewalls are a good place to head. Both of these nocturnal mustelids prey on small rodents such as mice and voles, which frequent the nooks and crannies of stonewalls. In winter weasels cover a lot of ground looking for prey – the home range of an Ermine is between 30 and 40 square acres, but when food is scarce, they may travel two or three miles in one night. Often their tracks will run the length of a stonewall on one side and then back the other side. Intermittent pauses are made as the Ermine stands on its hind feet and stretches its neck out, searching the landscape for both movement and sound.

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6 responses

  1. Marguerite Tetreault

    Mary thanks for the year long wonderful photos Merry Christmas .Miss seeing you. Marguerite.

    December 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  2. Dennis Smith

    Thanks for all the good work, and Happy Holidays!

    Btw, acres is already a square measure, so ‘square acres’ is redundant…

    December 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    • Thank you for pointing that out! Merry Christmas Eve!

      December 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  3. Merry Christmas, Mary! Thanks, got the calendar and loving it! Someday, please tell us what you use for a camera! Also, thanks for the info on tracks. We have fox tracks all over our back yard and I plan to start taking snowshoe treks down to our river to see if there are any mink or weasels around! Really enjoying your winter track topics, as you know!

    December 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    • Hi Helen, I have a Canon 5D, Mark III camera and most of my shots are taken with a Canon 100mm macro lens or a 100-400 (Canon) lens…Merry Christmas Eve! Mary

      December 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  4. I’ve seen tracks like these by the river…do they kill rabbits? I think it was weasel that took a rabbit at a kill site we saw recently. Dragged it into a hole about 4″ in diameter. What else would fit in a hole like that?
    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2013 at 2:56 am

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