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Field Vole

Observed: 18th November 2012 By: pq75pq75’s reputation in Mammalspq75’s reputation in Mammalspq75’s reputation in Mammals
Field Vole
Field Vole
Description:

Found in the chicken feeder this evening! One very well fed Vole!

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pq75's picture

Mouse species

Thanks Gill.
Have a look at the second photo and you can see it's tail. Paul

The Black Rabbit's picture

Looks like the woodmouse has

Looks like the woodmouse has lost the end of its tail (not uncommon).

Many thanks,
TBR

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woodmouse

Thanks folks.

It sounds like it was very lucky the hens didn't spot it!

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Chomped tail

Ah yes, I see the 'whole' of the tail in the second photo now, and it is chomped/chopped off.
If it is an Apodemus species, I'm not sure we could discount yellow-necked mouse as the location is not that far outside its known range.

Gill Sinclair
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The Black Rabbit's picture

As Gill has said, if if it is

As Gill has said, if if it is a house mouse, its the most russet-coloured house mouse I've ever seen, which would realistically leave Apodemus sp.

But - (once again) without absolute proof (as the sight of a yellow collar sometimes isnt even proof enough in many cases -often its pretty subjective and depends on the age of the mouse amongst other variables) we can't absolutely rule out flavicollis.

That said, just outside Runcorn is far enough outside the documented range of A.flavicollis for me to suggest this mouse is far FAR more likely to be a woodmouse (A.sylvaticus) than a yellow neck or any other mouse species.

Many thanks,
TBR