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Common Shrew

Observed: 15th July 2013 By: hilaryphilaryp’s reputation in Mammalshilaryp’s reputation in Mammals
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Gill Sinclair's picture

Notes

Please remember that the 'Notes' field is for ID notes - in this instance I'm assuming only the first part of "Small mammal, eats insects and worms. Common." would have been observable:-)

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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Comments

Thank you Gill for your observations and advice. I am continually learning and will aim to take better photos and make more accurate observations. It is too easy to hurry! I have no better pics of this vole to help the identification.

Thanks,

Hilary

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Using iSpot

Hi Hilary - no worries - it's only through months and months of using iSpot that you eventually get in the habit of taking the 'right' shots/making a note of the right features for that particular animal (or pair of animals if there are two that can be hard to distinguish). And another iSpot user might have the confidence to plump for common or pygmy anyway - I just tend to be a bit cautious with shrews!

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

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'Shrewd' advice

Hi Gill,

Thank you again. I just wish this shrew had been alive and not a victim of my Jack Russell.
Hilary.

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the naturalist man's picture

Shrew

I'm happy to go with common shrew as the tail appears to be relatively short, around 50% of the body length and sparsely hairy. The fur is wet so it is impossible to say if it is three tone.

Graham Banwell

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hilaryp's picture

Common Shrew

Thank you Graham. I will check on the link too.

Hilary.

hilaryp