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

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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Image Taken on 24 Oct 2009 at 23:38    Image of day on 02 Dec 2009

A bit of fun with probably the same fieldmouse (wood mouse) over some 5 hours on 1 night. So far we think we are seeing just this one young mouse at this new site.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2007 at 21:38    Image of day on 15 Sep 2007

The same fieldmouse (wood mouse) seems to spend hours at this site. Here is a little montage.

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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2011 at 21:43    Image of day on 17 Nov 2011

Entry 1 for Twee Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) of the week

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2007 at 21:25    Image of day on 12 Nov 2007

The younger mice are seeing snails for the first time and obviously don't know what to make of them.

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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2006 at 01:22    Image of day on 28 Jun 2006

A fieldmouse (wood mouse) peers over the log presumably to see what's on the menu, and to make sure that it isn't on something else's menu.

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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2011 at 01:05    Image of day on 14 Sep 2011


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Image Taken on 16 Mar 2012 at 20:01    Image of day on 19 Apr 2012

The dry ground allows the log to get rolled about by the bigger birds and animals. Here one end is as high as you can get it - so that is the end this mouse decides to clamber up!

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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2009 at 21:22    Image of day on 22 Apr 2009

I'm sulking - there's no grub left!

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Image Taken on 22 Oct 2021 at 17:45    Image of day on 05 Dec 2021

But the Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are not all doom - some 'like' the live traps and end up 'relocated' well away from the house.

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Image Taken on 27 Jan 2016 at 17:52    Image of day on 01 Mar 2016

At about 1 hour intervals what looks like the same Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) took these 3 consecutive (left to right) images of himself passing over the log, each time with food in the mouth presumably being taken away to cache.

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Image Taken on 09 May 2007 at 03:35    Image of day on 24 May 2007

A fieldmouse (wood mouse) elegantly bounding down the log.

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2006 at 23:47    Image of day on 30 Oct 2006

This fieldmouse (wood mouse) is running along the log (to catch the apple before it runs away?). Eadweard Muybridge (pioneer photographer of moving subjects) might have enjoyed this moment in the gait of a mouse. Try pasting into your browser's address bar if you are interested.

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