SMALL BROWN MOUSE AT BIRD FEEDER AT NIGHT
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As you say this is a wood mouse. It would not be 'living' in a tree but is probably after fruit, nuts etc.
I suggest you change the title to wood mouse rather than field mouse. Also please move to mammals from invertebrates, mammals get so few observations and invertbrates get so many!
Very clear photo.
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Excellent picture foxy - well done!
Graham - how would we tell the difference between a wood mouse and a yellow-necked mouse from a photo like this where you can't see the neck/chest?
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You could not distinguish wood from yellow-necked mouse based on this photo, however, it was taken in Ireland where the yellow-necked mouse is absent, at least we think it is!
It is almost impossible to tell the difference unless holding one. Yellow-necked mice have a complete yellow band round the neck (adults only) and are slightly larger and more likely to bite you. They also tend to squeal a lot when caught.
Thanks Graham - thought I had missed some distinguishing feature between the two species there, but should have checked the location and the distribution maps first.
beautiful picture, stunning.
What are the key distinctive features of a wood mouse? Thanks.
Large ears and eyes, and longish muzzle distinguish this from a vole. The house mouse is a dingy, dirty looking brown/black. That leaves wood or yellow-necked mouse in the UK. The yellow-necked mouse is absent from all but the south of England and midlands, and then only patchy distribution.
An adult yellow-necked mouse has a prominant yellow collar, however, young ones don't and many adult wood mouse have yellow on the beck but never a complete collar.
I hope this helps. For more information then visit other iSpot observations or the Mammal Society web site and follow the About Mammal links to find fact sheets on most of our mammals.
Thank you for your detailed post.
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