16th May 2015

We’ve been having visits from this lovely little mouse, which I think has to be a Wood Mouse, though its ears don’t seem quite as big as they usually seem! Wood Mice are the most wide spread and common rodents in the UK, mostly coming out at night. They have brown backs and pale undersides, a long tail and big ears. Like all our native mice, they seldom survive from one summer to the next, so have to breed quickly to carry on the generations. They build complex burrows and networks of chambers, some of which they use as food stores. They often cover the entrance to their burrows with sticks and leaves. This one was eating seeds under the bird-feeders and was happy for me to creep quite close to it. Conditions: A breezy, dry day with sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 13- Min 8c.IMG_8804IMG_8822IMG_8814

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