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How do we know this is not yellow-necked? There are some records in Devon.
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I'm happy with wood mouse because:
- Probabilities, there are very few records this far west but not many. This could be due to lack of recording rather than distribution, I admit I don't know.
- Size, this is small even for a young wood mouse and, proportionally the eyes and ears also look very small.
- White underside, You can see enough of the white underside to see there is no evidence of a yellow band - or a grey/yellow band as this looks to be a young animal.
All in all, you can not say 100%, but then as you know from all the photos on iSpot you can not say as much for almost any photograph; you have to go with how confident you are it probably is one or the other.
I'm waiting for a really good, clear unequivocal photo of a yellow-necked mouse here on iSpot. A challenge for anyone who runs mammal traps in the south of England!
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Thanks for that Graham. Yes, I would like to see a really clear photo of a yellow-necked mouse and its markings too. We need one lifting a mouse-sized trophy or something, so that its chest is clearly visible:-)
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