American Marten

The American marten, a North American member of the Mustelidae (the weasel family).  Sometime it's referred to as a pine marten, a name which came about from the slightly different Eurasian species of Martes. The Mustelidae family includes the very small  least weasels to the very large giant otters. The martens are entertaining to watch year around, this one was hanging out on a branch, keeping its eyes on me. More then likely it saw me first and made its way up the tree for safety. As much as I wanted to hang out and watch it, I'm sure it was hoping I would make my way so it could come down the tree and carry on with its business. I moved on.

Until next moment,