Sunday, May 2, 2010

Just so we wouldn't feel left out...

Remember the duck with her nest of eggs across the street from us? I haven't seen much of the twosome these past few days. Momma Mallard is sitting on her eggs all day long and Papa, is occasionally roaming the back yard. I did surprise them on our front steps the other day... ran to get my camera and caught them mid-air... sorta...








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But just so we wouldn't feel left out, it seems the bush in OUR front yard is harboring a visitor too.  Are you ready for this?  I mean those ducks are pretty cute and all...




But this???? What I once mistakingly called a mouse, is actually a prairie vole.  Blech!!!

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Well... as long as its only the bush in front of our house for now... as soon as she gets any ideas of her or her babies coming inside the house again like last time...

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Well she should know, I've seen Caddyshack... just sayin'...

16 comments:

  1. Animal house! You need an ostrich! LOL

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  2. Beautiful photos of the mallards...and you had me laughing out loud with the Caddyshack remark.
    Thank you for beauty...and a smile.
    Sending smiles and hugs to you, Vicky.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  3. I've seen Vole's too....not my favorite critter.

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  4. Voles are EVERYWHERE!!... and they eat bulbs and stuff too... not to mention the tunnels.

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  5. I've never even seen a vole! The look kind of like gophers. Are they? Ugh. If your plant disappears down the hole then maybe you need a cat, Vicky. Then you could have dead voles. Maybe they're slightly better than live ones! :)

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  6. When we moved to our place by the bog we had tons of mice and my cats were at their best We had moles and they caught them too Then they sat mice hunting in the house and I wondered why I had mice in the house until I saw them catch them outside and bring them into the house and they they would run away and make micelings lol
    Now I keep everything shut so they do not bring mice into the house.
    Hunters like to bring their owners offerings to show them gratitude for feeding them.

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  7. Susan, exactly!

    Missy, I know... I wouldn't be able to look at the ostrich without cracking up just the tiniest bit and putting a big sign with it "Beware of biting!"

    Jackie, I'll trade you one momma vole for your cute little bird's nest any day :)

    Lisa, I know, me either... hence all the animal envy I have :)

    Karen, I know... but I never experienced them till we moved here to this house... neighbors further South of us have had their lawns destroyed by these.

    Robynn, I don't know if they are gopher related or mouse related... I'm leaning towards mouse and any offers of a mousing cat I don't think would be refused!

    Vic, well I will scratch that one off the list... no houses by bogs for me!! Yuck!

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  8. Vole or not, that thing is a mouse. Eeeee....

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  9. You sure do attract a gang there Vicky! I'd never heard of a vole before ... looks like a little mouse to me. Wouldn't they be more likely to want to come inside in the winter? Anyway, I don't know who to wish good luck ... you or your visitors!

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  10. Never heard of a vole. Is it like a shrew? The ducks are beautiful, though.

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  11. I've never seen or heard of a Vole before but I think it's cute and it would be quiet welcome to live at my house.

    I'll have to make a trade with you and swap some whitetails, huntsman and red back spiders that live here.
    We could work out trade out on body weight of the vole as to how many spiders I send you ..... yes???

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  12. You--crack--me--up!
    Cadedyshack...just sayin.
    I can picture you now, crawling army style across the lawn....
    Anyway, if they are anything like the grass root eaten little basta, um, I mean little buggers I have, I suggest you make haste and humanely as possible relocate that little bugger.(Or use the Caddyshack method)
    Seriously, I have more vole tunnels in my yard than New York has subways.
    Most of my yard is now "That's where grass used to grow."
    Voles are not my favorite varmint.

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  13. Oh, Vicky!! You have the BEST sense of humor!!! But a Vole? My, my...that must be a real problem...hope she hears you! Love the mallards...another really fun post! Love you! Janine XO

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  14. Now you have me thinking that Bill Murray will be walking by your house hunting for the little guy :)

    Great pictures.

    Such a fun post Vicky!!!

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  15. Nice pictures :) They're all cute and nice outside. When they come inside is when the cuteness will go flying out the window :)

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