From time to time we see weasels on our property. Haven't seen as many since we got rid of our chickens and pigeons, but H saw one the other day on his way out to feed the critters.
There is a flock of wild pigeons that like to hang out on the rafters in one of the run-in sheds. H said this weasel ran across the paddock, up the wall of the shed and sunk it's teeth into a bird almost in the blink of an eye. It then ran down the wall, and proceeded to drag the bird across the paddock, into a hole burrowed into the snow in the shelter of a fallen tree. I think the pigeon is as big as the weasel!
It was very determined, and totally focused on getting it's prize to safety, totally ignoring the human and ponies who were watching in amazement.
We are planning on building a chicken coop and getting some laying hens in the spring. I think we will have to do more research to come up with a weasel-proof design!
I've been back in the studio, painting like a fiend, trying to complete two paintings for the Poetic Visions show coming up in March. The deadline for submitting paintings is February 24th, so I'm feeling a bit of pressure! I'm hoping to finish the first one today, then it's on to the next one!