I have circulated the attached photo to various forums and as yet remains unidentified.
It was taken by a friend of my parents, Ian Frizzell, near his house in the hills above Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders at the end of April.
The nearest I could find by search was a star nosed mole but I believe they are only resident in Nth America not Scotland....
We would be very interested to see if your are able to help.
Very kind regards and many thanks.
Message was edited by: Harrydhog Hi folks, many thanks for your responses to date, I have email the gentleman who took the picture to get a more accurate account of the event to try to provide further assistance to your suggestions an queries. Kind regards, Dave
The reason you can't ID this on various forums is the poor quality of the image. You could help a bit by giving a size. I can see no legs/limbs, so I wonder why do you think it's a mammal? To me it looks more like a Bulrush (Typha latifolia) mace (flower spike).
If it is a mole, what you are identifying as the 'star nose' could just be a raised right-front-foot, particularly if the head is turned away from the camera so that the snout is not visible. E.g. see the photo here for a view that is close to what I am thinking is shown in your photo above (however, the snout is visible and the foot is more clearly turned towards the camera in this case).
Yes, I can see it now. It could be a mole if you see it from that angle. I'm taking back my 'bulrush' ID.
Good call Jonathan - i'd go along with that.