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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Wood Mouse in the Wood House...

My father-in-law went to top-up the bird feeders yesterday and discovered this lovely little Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus in the bottom of a stainless steel dustbin in the garden shed! The bin, which had a lid securely in place, houses the mixed bird seed supply. No idea how it managed to get in there or how long it had been there but it was happily munching away on the seed mix. This is one of our commonest murids and only likely to be confused with the similar Yellow-necked Mouse Apodemus flavicollis, which usually has (as it's name suggests), a yellowish/buff band across the chest/throat area which is lacking in Wood Mouse. In this case distribution helps a little too as flavicollis is found a little further east of here.



Another visitor to the shed was this Tree Wasp Dolichovespula sylvestris (kindly ID'd by someone on Twitter).
Dolichovespula sylvestris: R. Harris
Dolichovespula sylvestris: R. Harris
Dolichovespula sylvestris: R. Harris
Dolichovespula sylvestris: R. Harris


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