Weasel or Stoat

On our travels along country roads recently, we had seen the scurrying of squirrels, weasels and stoats across our path, and so far have not contributed to the road kill that is sadly still apparent.

We were a little anxious today for a small squirrel that was undecided as to the direction it wanted to go. We were hoping it would not double back on itself as it would have gone under the wheels of our car which would have been an upsetting start to the day.
It shot off into the undergrowth on the verge so was safe for another day all being well.These past couple of days though we have seen weasels or stoats running across the road and I meant to look up a previous post I’d done on the subject to distinguish the two.
I can’t reblog it because I already had in May 2019, so thought I’d do a short post today.
This little chap is a weasel.
They have a slim, elongated body with a small, flattish, triangular head. They have small, rounded ears but large eyes and a pointy snout with long whiskers. Their back is usually brown, gray, or black, but they have a white or yellow chin and belly.
Collective Noun – A group of weasels is known as a “sneak,” a “boogle,” a “gang,” or a “confusion.” (source)
This is a stoat, the difference between the two immediately noticeable is the black tip on the tail.
Their fur is chestnut brown in summer, with a lighter underparts. In winter, in the north regions of North America and tundra areas, their fur becomes thicker and turns white, this is when they are referred to as Ermine or as being ‘in ermine’. (source)
The collective noun for stoats is either gang or pack. (WIKI)

As it turns out, we have actually seen one of each!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Weasel or Stoat

  1. Carol anne says:

    thanks for explaining the difference, cool you’ve seen both!

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