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Mammals - Fieldmice (also known as Wood Mice) Page 30

Image Taken on 07 Sep 2015 at 04:11    Image of day on 09 Nov 2015

The mouse that got away (from the cat 2.5 hours earlier) nervously scanning the surroundings on hind legs.

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2008 at 20:40    Image of day on 14 Feb 2008

After a flood to almost the log top the previous night, scrapes left by other 'visitors' are still filled with water making this little mouse go paddling for a meal.

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Image Taken on 24 Oct 2010 at 18:40    Image of day on 27 Dec 2010

More from the twee mouse competition folio.

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Image Taken on 14 Nov 2010 at 19:24    Image of day on 09 Jan 2011

Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) with paws so clean you can see them shadowed against the white fur.

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Image Taken on 25 Sep 2010 at 03:55    Image of day on 22 Nov 2010

"Mr. DeMille - do you prefer my front or profile views?"
Consecutive frames of a ludicrously twee mouse.

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2011 at 18:36    Image of day on 10 Mar 2011

Some of these mice really know how to look twee!

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Image Taken on 19 Nov 2012 at 16:31    Image of day on 18 Dec 2012

Here we can see that the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) tail is longer than the body, at least when the mouse is comfortably settled for a feed as we see here.

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2013 at 04:58    Image of day on 11 Dec 2013

Happenings in the Night: Whee!

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2007 at 21:21    Image of day on 16 Jun 2007

Can I swim? Of course fieldmice (wood mice) can swim but dry is better. A storm on 3 June delivered 31mm of rain, most of it in the 2 hours before this photo. Water is streaming through the site. The vignetting blur is a fun side effect of a drenched camera window.

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Image Taken on 01 Nov 2010 at 19:11    Image of day on 30 Dec 2010

A bumper apple crop this year means plenty of windfalls left for all comers night and day.

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Image Taken on 07 Nov 2010 at 17:31    Image of day on 02 Jan 2011

.... until you see what it picks to eat!

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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2010 at 19:29    Image of day on 17 Dec 2010

Some Night visitors to the Hedge bottom
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) practicing the splits with artistic paw movements?

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2010 at 22:32    Image of day on 24 Feb 2010

These two successive frames were taken about 5 hours apart, but appearing consecutively in the 1000's of images we review each week, suggested this 'fun' (for us, not the mouse) lineup.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2018 at 04:51    Image of day on 12 Oct 2018

3 fieldmice (wood mice) on the stone on 2 nights, 3 days apart, re-arranged to make a little sequence. The Owl arrived 3 days later - we don't think that this is purely chance.

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Image Taken on 15 Feb 2016 at 18:11    Image of day on 19 Mar 2016

These two creatures were photographed just 4 minutes apart, and we often see Rabbits and Fieldmice (Wood Mice) coexisting in peace. So here is a fun but accurate montage that also contrasts the difference in size.

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Image Taken on 11 Jan 2016 at 19:23    Image of day on 14 Feb 2016

A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) at the hedge bottom suddenly raised our interest because it shows a nictitating membrane over the corner of the lit eye. We often see these on birds where they are fully active transparent eye protection but we didn't know anything but birds had them.
A little web-search discovered that they are more widespread, but that in Mice they are vestigial - they have them but no longer have the muscles needed to actually use them.
More info at
We love the instructions on looking at the membrane on a sleeping dog - it does not mention losing fingers as a potential hazard!

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Image Taken on 12 Feb 2016 at 18:16    Image of day on 19 Mar 2016

A little Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) soon after Sunset.
The camera flash (mounted separately and off to one side and higher than the camera) is casting a shadow of the Mouse's tail, which is sticking out towards the camera, on the mouse's body.

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Image Taken on 30 May 2013 at 23:01    Image of day on 11 Jul 2013

A fieldmouse (wood mouse) in the dark near midnight may have had some moonlight with which to survey the surroundings.

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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2013 at 22:24    Image of day on 11 Nov 2013

What we think is a single Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) visiting the tree-stump top 5 times (skipping the first here) in 4 hours through midnight. Notice the peanut butter left front gradually disappearing. In the final (bottom right) frame the apple has been pushed out of frame but is still on the top.

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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2010 at 19:31    Image of day on 21 Nov 2010

This field mouse (we think the same one each time but not sure) came visiting this rotten apple for hours. Here is a confection of 3 visits.

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