My life is about living with nature – here you can live it with me!

Weekend with little time for wildlife!

the dance
the dance,

I had a fun and interesting weekend but the only wildlife I encountered was a Deer Mouse left by my cats in the middle of the living room floor. I will expect Lazy (the hunter cat) to continue her fun while these little fuzzy moving toys of hers try to make their home in this house (due to the weather getting colder). Phoebe (my overweight cat) might miss 90% of the visits of these mice due to sleeping upstairs in “her” chair. You can be sure that Lazy will try to change the mice’s minds that outside might be a better place to live! Meanwhile, I will try to continue to live trap them in the basement and take them a distance away to avoid my cats. I found this to be a better way to observe these mice up close.

I had expected last Friday to be an excellent owl night but we had unexpected mixed snow (which made it impossible for me to open nets). Last night I didn’t open the nets due to attended my cousins wedding (which was wonderful seeing family and some old friends). I can now focus my evenings on owls till mid November but that’s only if the weather could be equally cooperative! Of course tonight has scattered showers that has appeared to only been scattered only over the park with every cloud that passes.  I guess that is what I get living in the snow belt.  Going to bed early tonight with hope that a rainless nights might happen in the very near future!

4 responses

  1. Marg

    Hi Tom-Weddings are always fun, glad you had a chance to meet with family and friends for some fun times. You are welcome to come up and visit anytime, you know we’d love to have you. Yesterday we did have a LOT of Kinglets, after those pictures I was WAY too busy for more. Hey I found this on the net today-you may already know about them http://www.bpbo-research.blogspot.com/ they’re doing saw whets too!

    22 October 2006 at 9:30 pm

  2. Very cool! Will check bpbo out and they are probably doing much better than I am. This weather hasn’t been to kind recently.
    Maybe next fall we can work out a field trip but if I did come up, I probably would bring my field assistant to help. hmm Kinglets, maybe earlier in the season! only kidding!

    22 October 2006 at 9:43 pm

  3. Funny, we just found a resident mouse (don’t know the species) in our pantry today. Our male cat Jasper was going nuts trying to get it, while our young female Chloe was standing by obliviously as it ran under her body. Elderly Josie was content to nap nearby, having done share of mousing as a young’un.

    That’s very kind of you to relocate your mice. Here in SF I don’t feel we really have any good options other than a swift dispatch courtesy of a spring traip for them :-/ I’ve seen the glue traps used and they’re just horrible!

    Too bad about your lack of owl-luck – I hope to see photos from your netting endeavors soon!

    Best,
    _Adam

    23 October 2006 at 1:56 am

  4. Cats are the best and each and every one is different! This is great hearing about your cats! Your story reminded me of my Phoebe (my sleeper) who learned as a kitten to step on her plate when eating her soft food (the food doesn’t move). Lazy (my hunter) never really figured this out and will walk around the kitchen following her food (due to each lick moving the plate). I now place tape on the bottom so that it doesn’t move around much. Thanks for the visit Adam!

    23 October 2006 at 8:27 pm

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