Monday, 29 September 2014

I Saw A Mouse!

Where? Yes I did. But not on the stair as the little song goes, no in the garden. 

He or she was taking full advantage of  our bird feeder set in a secluded spot with nice ground cover in the form of bark mulch. 

This feeder was providing  a steady stream of food via the birds who messy eaters as they are dropped so much on the ground. 

He or she was a very cute looking mouse and was joined by another one as they got used to us. 

However, while I am OK with them in the garden I do not want mice in the house so we moved the feeders much further down the garden and are more careful about spilt bird seed grain now. 

Our neighbours are avid bird feeders as well so we warned them to just be careful with feeders very close to the house. 

The mouse is -we think- a wood mouse and they rarely like to come into homes but it is certainly not unheard of so its just being careful. They are usually nocturnal mainly so it was surprising to see them out in the daytime. He must have been very hungry.

They are very common in gardens and most gardens have far more many mice than we realise. Of course where you see one mouse there are usually soon many more ! 

Wood mice usually have about two or four litters per year and can have their offspring from March to Autumn. In winter they go into a semi hibernation or torpor state to save energy.They have many predators from cats to owls and foxes

Its natural habitat is hedgerow and woodland but gardens provide for all its needs. Thy can climb up to bird feeders but will happily take seed spilt. They can and do hoard  food they find. 



Do watch this short video it is very funny. I learned this song as a young child.  Its a song about about a mouse living in a windmill! You may even be singing along with the chorus before long  :) 


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