To date, we have only had a single species of mouse at Leaning Oaks. Fortunately we have not had the introduced House Mouse here, only the native Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). From time to time we have them enter the house and we need to break out the traps when they do. Their ability to increase in numbers quickly makes rapid response essential. They breed at a very young age (at less than two month old) and have three or four litters in a year of 1 to 9 young. In captivity they have been recorded having as many as 14 litters in a year and the females coming into breeding condition in as little as 23 days. In the house they seem to eat almost anything, we've seen them eat such unappetizing items as hand soap and leather. They are a rather attractive rodent, with large eyes and ears, soft fur and white bellies and feet and a bicolour tail.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.