The mouse at the bottom of the garden

The mouse at the bottom of the garden 1

Enjoying a couple of weeks resting at home from on the road does not mean I can stop admiring all around me. Why, sometimes I don’t have to step out the garden perimeter to gain a lot of wonder. Today I sat watching a commotion on the bird feeder, a neighbourhood row as you may say between a family of green finches and a family of blue tits, I looked down and saw a little fellow that was gaining from the fallout 🙂 One of the little mice that scurries around that corner of the garden was waiting to pick all that was dropped. I had my camera in hand so took the opportunity to capture the couple of minutes it was there.

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

Out came his nose, whiskers twitching to sense all was well, he even kept looking me and the lens straight in the eye. I see it quite often when I am pottering about outside and perhaps we have mutual trust of each other. Without bothering about me he set about his little feast.

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

Before too long his tiny stomach had had enough. There was food everywhere from the mess the birds had made. I am sure he will be back to this spot often. he took one last look around and popped back in his leafy hole underneath.

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

I say he, it could well be a she? I am no expert on little mammals. One thing I am sure of though is that it is fascinating to take a little time out for five minutes, look deep in the little things around you and get a bit of joy out of what you can see. I missed the bird fight but I am sure there will be more. Patience and more coffee breaks on the garden step in order.

The mouse at the bottom of the garden

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15 Comments

  1. Robbie mcDonald says:

    Nice photos Paul. For some reason this blog has just surfaced on Twitter. Though they are of “the vole at the bottom of your garden”. This is a bank vole Myodes glareolus. You can tell it’s a vile by its blunt nose, smaller ears and eyes and you can tell it’s a bank vole by the ruddy brown fur on the back.

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Thanks Robbie, yes will get that changed… appreciate the help

  2. Emma James says:

    Fantastic pictures Paul, really endearing and so sharp. I can almost hear the rustling.

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Hi Emma, thanks, yes it let me get close 🙂

  3. Louise Webster says:

    Hi Paul 🙂 Fievel from An American Tale ?, adventurous like this one 🙂

  4. Louise Webster says:

    So adorable, love the description and the photos of this lovely little mouse, does he have a name?

    1. Paul Steele says:

      😀 ty Louise… ahhh what shall we call it?

  5. Great photos. The last mouse I saw was unfortunately being harried by a juvenile fox!

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Oh dear.. Life goes around out there eh?

  6. Great pictures! We have two cats, so we never get to see those wonderfull little creatures alive I’m afraid! So cute!

  7. Bethan Morgan says:

    Fantastic photos, what a cute little guy/girl 🙂

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Thank you Debs 🙂

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