Originally Posted by wmtlynx
Had a great day today at Brandon Marsh, having spotted a record 40 species in one day that included Jack Snipe, Kestrel, Water Rail, Green and GS Woodpeckers, Greenshank and Sparrowhawk. Also heard a Nuthatch and Cetti's Warblers. On our route back via one of the nature trails we heard alarm calls from lots of birds along the river, at first thinking it was our prescence but soon noticing a dark animal moving along the bank.
At first glance we thought it was a cat, but waiting motionless for it to reappear a large ferret-type creature ran towards us, stared at us then scarpered. After looking in my books and online I am fairly certain this was a polecat. But on the edge of Coventry???? No pics I'm afraid - it didn't wait for the camera. Was very ferret-like in appearance, but much bigger , about the size of a domestic cat, with a face reminiscent of a small red panda.
What does everyone else think? Any ideas or similar stories, or am I going mad?
Could be a polecat, I think I read somewhere the Midlands was a polecat stronghold. I think someone wrote a paper on genetics of polecats using road killed specimens found in Warwickshire.
Can't find the Brandon Annual Reports at the moment, but they'll be listing of the various sightings if they've been seen. Prob. not too many though as i think they're nocturnal.