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Pinkies. Photo by Bet Zimmerman
Photo by Bet Zimmerman of NE CT. Download full resolution version.

The nesting season was winding down in NE CT, and I was doing an end of season check on some boxes in a vineyard. The boxes are mounted on wooden posts. One box had the beginnings of a House Wren nest, with a blob of loose grass and fur on top, so I figured it was a mouse nest. I removed the nest and whipped it on the ground. Out popped a female mouse. (I'm not sure whether it was a Deer Mouse or White-footed Mouse.)

She ran up the post, and I saw several nursing young hanging on her. As she moved up the post, these three pinkies dropped off of her teats. Their skin reminds me of elephants.

I was weak, and returned all the young and the nest to the box. I know I shouldn't have done, as mice foul a box, and adults may eat bird eggs and young. However, it's too late in the season for anything but House Sparrows to start nesting here.

The box really needs a mouse-proof predator baffle or different mounting system. Improving the set up is on my long "to do" list for the fall.


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