My wife told me that our visitors had returned, and was horrified that I photographed them rather than encouraging their departure in a more direct way.
No interactions present.
The pic does not have enough detail to distinguish between Wood and Yellow-necked, so genus is appropriate.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Not a house mouse so you can watch it rather than ......
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... I wonder how my wife will receive the news. One thing for sure... she'll be leaving the compostables for the "mouse lover" to put in the bin!
Learning about these mice is another surprise for me from iSpot. I'll see if I can get more pics to narrow down the ID. Thanks for your suggestions so far.
You really need a shot of the underside. A. sylvaticus has no more than a small yellow spot in the middle of the chest. A. flavicollis has a broad brown/yellow band between the front legs. If you search iSpot for flavicollis you will see some nice examples.
And they are every bit as unwelcome in houses (where they frequently venture) as House Mice.
Live trapping followed by a photo shoot then a one-way trip into the countryside seems the best course of action.
I agree with the comments above. Where I come from (N Ireland) there is only one choice but in your location the yellow-necked variety is a possibility.
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