Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ermine

With the extremely cold temperatures we've had for the past couple of weeks I wanted to post something winter appropriate. Pictures of an ermine with it's winter fur seemed perfect.

While making maple syrup in the early spring of 2010, Eric saw an ermine in our forested back yard. A member of the weasel family, the ermine's fur becomes all white during winter except for black on the tip of its tail. It was very cute but it was also a vicious chipmunk killer. It easily killed at least five chipmunks in a matter of minutes. It was extremely fast running up the trees to chase them and killed them almost instantly; I've never seen anything like it. It stayed in our yard for a few days and then moved on to the next yard. We've never seen it since. Luckily we still had chipmunks that year.












3 comments:

  1. I honestly had no idea these things existed. Fascinating.
    Thanks for posting Belinda!

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  2. What a beautiful creature! Once I saw a weasel - or maybe it was an ermine! - in the parking lot of our local grocery store with a sparrow in its mouth. I was amazed it was so close to the village and people! I just visited your garden on GPOD - beautiful! I love to plant natives also.

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  3. What an interesting little animal! Love your captures!

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