Working from Home
Our study looks out to the front lawn, and a long laurel hedge.
On a good day one might see a grey squirrel at ground level, or charging down the phone wires.
Sometimes I enjoy staring contests with magpies, before eventually shooing them away.
Today whilst working from home I had a notable “first”.
Whilst on the phone to Belgium a little critter right to left, under the laurels.
Several minutes later the aforesaid creature furtively shot along the flower-bed in the opposite direction.
It was a weasel, and judging by the size it was a female. It’s hard to imagine a predator that’s more secretive, whilst at the same appearing to be so timid.
My guess is that she was looking to raid bird’s nests.
Now I have to make a confession.
The picture’s actually stoat, and this particular specimen was in captivity. Even so “my” little weasel was incredibly similar, and I’ve never seen one in our garden.