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Stone Martens
« on: June 14, 2014, 11:08:39 AM »
Some of you that subscribe to Corfu Flora and Fauna Facebook Group may already have seen this.

There is no totally polite way of saying this but have you ever wondered what creature has been leaving strange looking 'poo' around your land? We certainly have. Despite only ever having seen a Marten on our land once in daylight, we have long suspected that they are frequent night time visitors.

Last night, our son-in-law, Steve, set up his wildlife camera facing a bowl of water that we leave out for the birds. apart from the occasional cat, the photos posted here, taken using infra red light (so not the greatest of images) , seem to suggest that our suspicions were correct. What do you think?

Bob







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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2014, 01:29:19 PM »
I have no idea what a Stone Marten is but the picture are very cool!   ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2014, 05:09:53 PM »
Ribena,

Er ... Google is your friend!
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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2014, 07:48:23 PM »
Yes, it looks like one. They actually like to shit in water. We had one in the garden several years ago which left its poo on the top step into our swimming pool. In Greek it is called a Kounavi.

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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2014, 11:58:52 PM »
Ribena,

Er ... Google is your friend!

Have googled...they are so cute!!  I think you should leave a trail of berries (that's what they eat, y'know! :P ) into the house, get him a litter tray and keep him as a pet!  The grandkids would be very impressed!  ;D ;D ;D

(I'm joking before anyone gets up in arms!! :P )

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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 02:30:24 PM »
A couple of weeks ago, while trying to catch a cat and kittens that some kind person had dumped in kouloura, we had set the cat trap to see if we could catch the mother to get her neutered. We had been sat quietly for a couple of hours in the dark when the trap went off so I went to transfer the mother cat to a carry box. Imagine my supprise when I found we had a pine marten in the trap. I went to release it when it had a real try to bite me through the bars and what a noise it made! Anyway, I did pluck up enough courage to open the trap and it walked off up the hill :)

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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2014, 04:58:20 PM »
gta,

They are really vicious! They can bite through a starter motor cable (allegedly). BTW There are no Pine Martens here! They are Stone Martens or so I am informed by those that know better!

As an aside, I saw one running along the boundary wall of our land at about midnight last night and we caught some more photos with the infrared camera as well.

Bob
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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2014, 02:46:21 PM »
Yes Bob you are correct however they are also known (more commonly in UK) as Beech Martens. There are lots of beech trees in corfu and they are very common. I walked into one in daylight when on the Corfu Trail back in 2010, we just starred at each other for half a minute and he then trotted into the undergrowth. Lovely looking animals. 

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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2014, 06:41:55 PM »
Great photos. Saw our second live pine marten last month (in 20 years). Lots of dead ones though :( Also saw dolphins and a turtle today  :) Seem to be a lot of(live) tortoises on the roads this year.

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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2014, 09:24:30 AM »
As an aftermath to this story, Steve set up his wildlife cam the following night in the same place but on much higher resolution. It appears that this critter is a regular. However, whilst out with Jake on our land around midnight, I actually spotted a Marten walking along our boundary wall. (Full moon and veranda lights help!
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Re: Stone Martens
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2014, 12:33:45 PM »
gta,

They are really vicious! They can bite through a starter motor cable (allegedly). BTW There are no Pine Martens here! They are Stone Martens or so I am informed by those that know better!


Bob

While it was trying to bite me I did get a good look at it. Its bib was definitely cream in colour and was not split so it certainly looked exactly like a pine marten as described in this site.

http://www.planetepassion.eu/mammals-in-france/pine-marten-and-stone-marten-in-france.html

 

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