Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Monday, 18 February 2008

I'm late, I'm late ....

Forgot to mention at the end of yesterday's post - after dropping John off at home me and Dave had a bizzarre Lewis Carroll moment involving a pure white mammal! It took a couple of seconds for it to register - Rat? no. Stoat? no. Polecat?? nearly. Shuffling across the busy A6 between Birstall and Red Hill circle was ... a ferret. Yes - a bloody ferret! Just aswell they are absolutely crap at establishing feral populations.

4 comments:

Andy Mackay said...

Just as well they are absolutely crap at establishing feral populations... except on Shetland, where there are hundreds of the buggers!

Skev said...

Hadn't realised that Andy - I guess they are more like the Polecat-Ferret type (not sure if these are 'hybrids' or just ferrets marked like Polecats?). Are there any albino ferrets at large on Shetland aswell? What they need up there is a crowd of 4x4 driving red coat wearing fat in-bred country based fuckwit toffs like I saw at Eyebrook doing a 'Mink count'! Fully agree with eradicating vermin and introduced pests but there are better ways than using a pack of dogs and making a sport of it.

Andy Mackay said...

The ferrets I've seen (mostly squashed on the road) on Shetland are about 50-50 albino/polecat types, with a few 'in betweens'. They seem to have increased quite dramatically in recent years - hopefully they aren't having a serious effect on the ground-nesting waders etc.

Skev said...

Don't hold your breath! Sounds like those you've seen are the best ones - i.e. dead!