Today was probably the hottest day of the year. It was a boiling 75f. Although I think it was an ideal day, most Alaskans were complaining. What wimps. They should have been with me in Murchison NP in March.
I forced myself to stay home and work most of the day, but I could'nt let the whole day go to waste.
At about 4:00 pm I arrived at the Coastal Trail. Right away I saw a bird flying past rapidly, like it was being pursued by a predator. I became alert and saw the Short-tailed Weasel above. It was in the pile of rocks and logs that keep the trail from sinking into the mud.
What a delightful find. It's been about a decade since I've seen a weasel. It was popping in and out of the boulders at a frenetic pace. Very difficult to photograph. Short-tailed Weasels turn white in winter and are called Ermines then. Someone else photographed a wolf on the Coastal Trail today but I missed it.
Here is a good size comparision between a Greater Yellowlegs, and a Solitary Sandpiper.