Tim Melling – Stoat
Tim writes: what’s the difference between a Weasel and a Stoat? I remember the old joke from my childhood about one being weasily recognised as the other is stoatally different but they are not easy to separate unless you get a good view.
Weasels are small, from head to tail ranging from 21-27cm including a 4-5cm tail, with males being bigger than females. Stoats are noticeably larger, with a head to tail length ranging from 31-49cm including a proportionately longer tail of 7-12cm. The tail of a Stoat, as well as being long and bushy, has a diagnostic black tip, visible here. Weasel tails are thin, short, and all one colour.
I photographed this Stoat in a local woodland in spring and is the first half-decent photo I have ever managed. Pretty sure it’s a female as it wasn’t very big. I crouched down really low to capture the background flowers.