First published: 24-Jul-2011
Today I just couldn’t believe my luck when I had a chance encounter with a stoat. I was walking in the hills around Grantown-on-Spey when I noticed from the corner of my eye something quickly ducking behind a rock. I decided to wait and see what would happen.
After quite a while a little head popped up from behind the rock. It was looking at me inquisitively. Initially I thought it was a weasel, but when it showed the black tip on its tail a bit later on I realised it was a stoat.
It kept popping its head up in different places, which looked quite comical. I sat very quietly and eventually it came out. It probably went hunting for food and came back some time later. It was wonderful seeing this beautiful creature walking about and standing upright looking left-right like a meerkat.
I watched it for a while but then let it be. It may have young to feed and I didn’t want to disturb it any further, even though it didn’t seem too bothered about me. I will definitely go back some time.
This poses a huge dilemma! We are all still waiting for the ‘real’ summer up here in Scotland, but now I am eager for winter as well, to see the stoat in its ‘ermine’ coat.
PS -After I posted this blog entry I discovered that I actually saw two stoats. The one to the left is the male and the one above standing upright the female. All of a sudden I realised that the faces were different.