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Molluscs - Snails & Slugs Page 1

Image Taken on 04 Aug 2020 at 10:39    Image of day on 14 Sep 2020

A female Blackbird collecting a small slug, plus several other 'things' in her beak. We think she is feeding another batch of chicks in one of our old sheds.

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2020 at 05:18    Image of day on 16 Sep 2020

The female Blackbird has found yet another juicy slug to take back to the ever open beaks.

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2013 at 17:54    Image of day on 12 Oct 2013

The female Blackbird is still collecting food for chicks somewhere. The nest in the Ivy on the house wall is now deserted but this may well be a different family.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2020 at 05:49    Image of day on 21 Aug 2020

The variation in scale of nature's creatures is wonderful. Here the, to us, small chaffinch utterly dwarfs the tiny snail on the stone.

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Image Taken on 28 May 2012 at 22:00    Image of day on 01 Jul 2012

A tiny Menagerie on the top of the stone. This is the ONLY mouse image we got this week.

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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2008 at 02:01    Image of day on 19 Aug 2008

The left and right halves of this pic are separated by 17 minutes at 2 a.m. but make an attractive pairing. We haven't seen the vole for some time - the log had been sinking into the ground so that it had not been breaking the beam.

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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2012 at 00:23    Image of day on 27 Aug 2012

Shortly after midnight on 2 successive nights a Short-tailed Field Vole and then a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspects a slug.

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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2010 at 00:19    Image of day on 22 Jul 2010

And a short tailed field vole checking over a slug a few days later.
(Genuine single frame).

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Image Taken on 07 May 2007 at 03:49    Image of day on 22 May 2007

After the first decent rain for a month out come the slugs & snails to join the fieldmice (wood mice).

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Image Taken on 03 Oct 2006 at 22:01    Image of day on 19 Oct 2006

Two opposing speeds of life illustrated in one photo.

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Image Taken on 20 Oct 2021 at 20:16    Image of day on 30 Nov 2021

A chance moment of 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice), one making a very awkward looking landing from which they undoubtedly 'bounced' unharmed, along with 3 leopard slugs in the surrounding leaf litter.
Where are the slugs - under the horizontal mouse, another in front of the horizontal mouse, and another just 'above' that one, half buried in the leaf litter.

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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2021 at 22:38    Image of day on 30 Nov 2021

This accurately positioned montage is built from just 3 images taken in less than 10 minutes. The Leopard Slug suspending itself between the stone and a lump of (unidentified) fruit stayed almost motionless throughout.

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Image Taken on 28 May 2008 at 23:32    Image of day on 06 Jun 2008

Wet weather brings out the slugs. Looks like the mouse on the right has an obstacle course to run. The mouse just left of centre is behind the log.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2008 at 01:59    Image of day on 13 Jul 2008

The hole near this photo kit is in long grass on our side of the fence so we expect most of them to survive.

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Image Taken on 17 May 2007 at 02:40    Image of day on 29 May 2007

A bit of damp weather has brought all the slimy inhabitants out.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2007 at 01:45    Image of day on 25 Jun 2007

A sort of Hare and the Tortoise?

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2009 at 23:14    Image of day on 15 Aug 2009

A mouse has found the 'anvil stone' site. This was probably photographed by something else breaking the beam out of frame. Mice apparently staring at slugs and snails is uncannily common and this was the first and (and with another week gone by) only image of a mouse at this site.

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Image Taken on 17 Nov 2017 at 22:28    Image of day on 30 Dec 2017

Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frequently take unusual interest in Leopard Slugs. We understand Slug slime is quite sweet and nutritious, and the Mice may lick it from the slugs!

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2010 at 23:02    Image of day on 01 Jun 2010

And the same evening a fieldmouse (wood mouse) made it to the tree-trunk top and spent several minutes looking for food. Here he is eating a fragment of soft fruit. A leopard slug and tiny worm have also made the 1.5m ascent - no doubt much more slowly than the mouse.

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Image Taken on 13 Dec 2013 at 19:58    Image of day on 31 Jan 2014

We don't often catch slugs rearing up like this. We think fieldmice (wood mice) like to lick the sweet slime - don't worry - it wont bite it!

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