This afternoon, a deer mouse climbed the vines that cling to the house and made its way to the window ledge.
Its scurrying movements back and forth along the ledge quickly caught the attention of everyone inside.
Deer mice are recognizable by their white underbelly which contrasts with the rest of their brownish grey fur. They have big ears and beautiful dark eyes. They can scale vertical surfaces and are extremely agile. Especially hardy, they’re known to survive for 5 to 7 years, twice the life expectancy of most mice.
Unfortunately, these mice are also carriers of the hanta virus and lyme disease. The best way to appreciate them is through glass. Care should also be taken to avoid their nests and droppings.
This little mouse was quite busy checking out the vine leaves during its short visit. It seemed to be eating little translucent granules that were clinging to some of the stems. It was very active and managed to even climb a few of them.
Before we could say ‘Appley Dapply’ our cute little visitor was gone, but not before it managed to give us one good look through the glass. It was probably wondering what all the fuss was about.
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012