Short Tailed Weasel (Mustela erminea)
At the refuge yesterday I was taking pics of a sparrow sitting on top of some blackberry bushes. I don't know why, but I glanced down and was surprised to see this Weasel looking back at me.
S/he stayed put for a fairly long time, so I was able to take lots of pics....I just wish s/he had been in a more photogenic location....but that's not always how it goes.
I was thrilled as it's the first time I've seen a weasel in all the years I've been going there. They aren't very big....a tad smaller than ferrets.
More pics below.