Thursday, 27 July 2006

influx

Due to popular demand, I have been doing some research about our Shrew And Vole Influx.

The BBC has rather a good wildlife site, with comparative facts and pictures about Voles, Shrews and Mice, which should hopefully straighten things out.

Last night we shut the cats out of the bedroom and came downstairs to find two shrews and something with thought might be a vole, but which on examination of the BBC webpage we think was probably a mouse. If it was a vole it was a young one, because it wasn't very big.

They were all lined up in a row at the foot of the stairs in an articulate 'See us demonstrate our love for you by bringing you small dead mammals, even if you won't let us sleep on the bed any more because we bring live shrews up and drop them on your pillow at 4.30AM' arrangement.

I felt no guilt.

For further analysis, apply to Jamie, who apparently has a master's degree involving, if not actually in, Shrew Identification.

Tomorrow: No shrews. I promise.


17 comments:

  1. How can you be sure? Are you sending the cats away?

    Would one of those electric soundwave thingies that supposedly keep rodents away work? (Are you getting that desperate?)

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  2. How can you be sure? Are you sending the cats away?

    Would one of those electric soundwave thingies that supposedly keep rodents away work? (Are you getting that desperate?)

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  3. If you ever grow peas you will be very grateful for their mice slaying skills as the wee monsters can get through the new shoots like Vanessa Feltz at a buffet

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  4. I can ID voles, too. Did you know that they number in the thousands per acre in many areas?

    You didn't want to know that, did you.

    P.S. The geeky master's degree is in paleontology. The occurrence of certain small mammal teeth can be very helpful in determining the ecology/climate of ice-age deposits. Not that I do much of that nowadays. :-)

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  5. I can ID voles, too. Did you know that they number in the thousands per acre in many areas?

    You didn't want to know that, did you.

    P.S. The geeky master's degree is in paleontology. The occurrence of certain small mammal teeth can be very helpful in determining the ecology/climate of ice-age deposits. Not that I do much of that nowadays. :-)

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  6. Blimey. Your area must be right up there with the best voles per acreage places! Bet they didn't put that on the details, did they...? ;)

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  7. Blimey. Your area must be right up there with the best voles per acreage places! Bet they didn't put that on the details, did they...? ;)

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  8. Look upon it as streamlining the local vole population for next year.
    And at least they are being laid out downstairs now....

    I cant help thinking your cats must
    a) adore you
    b) be in seventh heaven
    c) be desperate for someone to tell them how clever they are (but dont in case it renews their efforts!)

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  9. Look upon it as streamlining the local vole population for next year.
    And at least they are being laid out downstairs now....

    I cant help thinking your cats must
    a) adore you
    b) be in seventh heaven
    c) be desperate for someone to tell them how clever they are (but dont in case it renews their efforts!)

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  10. Someone should petition the gov't to include a vole / acre index in the new home sale packs. The value of your house might improve substantially!

    Oh they're not doing those any more.

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  11. Someone should petition the gov't to include a vole / acre index in the new home sale packs. The value of your house might improve substantially!

    Oh they're not doing those any more.

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  12. Lol that's quite a story so was it a mouse after all?

    At least you didn't have to deal with the mouse.

    P.S. Thank you very much for your comment.

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  13. Lol that's quite a story so was it a mouse after all?

    At least you didn't have to deal with the mouse.

    P.S. Thank you very much for your comment.

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  14. Beki is right, mice do enjoy pea shoots, beans too. And once Autumn arrives they try to move indoors and spend the Winter with you. There's not much chance of that happening with your cats around.

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  15. Beki is right, mice do enjoy pea shoots, beans too. And once Autumn arrives they try to move indoors and spend the Winter with you. There's not much chance of that happening with your cats around.

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  16. Jesse - I think it was a vole. We had another one tonight and it definitely didn't have as long-a tail as a mouse.

    The kill ratio has slowed down today - it's FINALLY raining and therefore they are happier inside on the sofa. Alternatively, it might just been that there aren't that many left :)

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  17. Jesse - I think it was a vole. We had another one tonight and it definitely didn't have as long-a tail as a mouse.

    The kill ratio has slowed down today - it's FINALLY raining and therefore they are happier inside on the sofa. Alternatively, it might just been that there aren't that many left :)

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