Monday, January 27, 2014

Animalia

On previous Animalia posts the animals are typically birds, or quick views of a local fox or coyote (like last winter). Today, however, my encounter was with a field mouse.

It began with the discovery of some bug that has managed to avoid being seen so far this winter. I am not a bug squish-er, can't do it, I feel them expire under what ever it is I find to do the squishing and it is unpleasant. So mostly I put my unwanted friends outside. But when I opened the door to release the bug I noticed something small rustling some leaves trapped in the corner of the front porch.





This is not my first encounter with mice. We discovered some very dead bodies in the house when we first bought it. Also Sushi used to hunt and has brought me a mouse, though age has definitely ended that pastime (hers, not mine).



Very busy little mouse. It turns out he/she was looking for maple keys that apparently were still worthy of eating. Upon discovery of said maple key he/she would nibble away at it at a speed approaching light and then start the search again.

 
 


 
 


 As you can see no area of that corner was left undisturbed. And when there was nothing left to be found...



16 comments:

  1. Awww, cute. Mice kind of freak me out when I come across them--mainly because they scurry so fast. But they are awfully cute. Looks like your little friend is still finding plenty to eat this winter. :)

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  2. I find them devilishly cute. And they are so small. This one hit the buffet banquet of the day I think as he or she ate quite a bit, that I saw anyway.

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  3. The mice are cute when they are outside. Inside, not so much. Since our late lamented cat passed on we have had an indoor mouse population explosion. Once we caught three with traps in a single day. Time for a new cat, I guess.

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    1. Yikes, that's not fun. Someone told me that peppermint leaves might keep mice away from areas you want off limits.

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  4. How lucky that you were able to take these very good pictures. They also get into our house in autumn and I have noticed there are mice cycles. Some years you see few, other years there are lots.

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    1. Alain, as my cat Sushi is aging she no longer hunts. I am seeing mice more frequently but so far they have all been outside.

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  5. So very cute except when they are in my house...I love them outside in the garden!!

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    1. I hope they will find some other place to call home this winter, and stay out of yours!

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  6. We have mice in our garage and they occasionally fall into the bird seed bins and can't get out. I always let them loose in the garden. We also have a fat chipmunk who's made a burrow under a rain barrel in a very safe spot. I sometimes dump a pile of seed outside the burrow to see if he's still there. It disappears quickly so someone is enjoying the meal. Your mouse looks quite fat and healthy. :o)

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    1. You are very kind to the little animals. Thankfully, my bird seed was under lock and key.

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  7. Dobrze, że znalazła coś dla siebie do zjedzenia, ale do domu niech lepiej nie wchodzi. To nie jest proszony gość. W ogrodzie niech sobie biega. Pozdrawiam.
    Well, that was something for everyone to eat, but the house had better not enter. This is not invited guest. In the garden, let them run. Yours.

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    1. I hope this little mouse will survive the winter. It is a very cold one this year.

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  8. Patty girl you took wonderful pictures of this tiny creature desperately trying to survive. We had a mouse or two in our old garden shed .. once I found one on a grass path (dead) in the garden .. yuck !
    Seeing them alive and trying so hard to survive makes you feel sorry for them .. although I would totally freak out if one was in the house (funny how a big human can feel that way about a tiny creature? LOL)
    This is going to be a long winter, so his/her chances of survival are not that bright sadly.
    I read your quest for the standard bleeding heart and yes ! Botanus does have some good buys for multiple roots like that .. so you will be a happy gardener once they get established !
    Joy : )

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    1. Hubby noticed that our bird seed bag had a hole in it this summer, so I had to move it indoors from the shed. How do they find their way in??

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  9. Mice are so cute, but I wish they were not such a nuisance in our house. We have a stone foundation and they find little gaps and sneak inside in the fall. We have no cat and the dogs don't pay them any attention, so they have the run of the place. We always have live traps down and have a regular relocation program in the works.

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  10. I am like you and cannot squish bugs. We had a mouse in the house this winter that my cat caught. I even made him spit it out. It was still fine, so I grabbed it by the tail and out it went. I felt sorry for it in the snow, but like your mouse, I hope it made tracks to the neighbors.

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