The first capture of the season

Yesterday I showed you my first casualty of the overwintering season: a favorite plant that appears to have died due to underwatering.


Today I show you the first capture of the season. No, it's not a makeshift hamster cage, although it looks a bit like that.

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If you've been following me for a while you know that I treat all wildlife quite well, choosing to coexist when possible (like sharing the garden with deer and woodchucks) but when not, live and let live.

Like with mice that seem to move into the garage each winter once it gets cold.

In yesterday's post there was going to be a photo of an echeveria leaf that had rooted and sprouted a tiny new plant -- in the section about "new life". When I went to snap the photo though, the miniscule plant was gone! The entire leaf was, and I could only blame a mouse.

Setting a couple of my live traps last night...


...resulted in the capture of the first mouse of the winter (hiding in one of the cardboard tubes in the first photo).

I'm really quite surprised that I found a mouse, because the garage has gone through a major clean up recently (since I'm using it for a workshop now). Here's what it looked like a few months ago:



That's perfect mouse habitat -- so many boards to climb on, hide behind, nest in. Especially since that pile of "supplies" doesn't get touched very often, and certainly not during winter.

Here's the current view:


You can't really see the floor there, but those railings are all that's there -- no wood or other stuff leaning against the wall. Nowhere for mice to hide, right?

I'll be setting out my traps again tonight, letting any additional captured mice join the first in the bucket until a warm day arrives. That's when I'll release them in the nearby field, giving them the best chance of survival.

Strange that the trap I set on the growing table -- where the baby echeveria was growing -- did not catch anything. Does that indicate that there's only a single mouse that's been moving between the garage and basement? I doubt it -- in my experience there's never just one mouse -- but we'll see.

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Maywyn Studio  – (January 13, 2016 at 11:53 AM)  

Good catch. I hope you have more buckets. :)

Alan  – (January 13, 2016 at 2:23 PM)  

I have oodles of buckets but limited lids. They'll all be sharing space in the same bucket. =D

Peter/Outlaw  – (January 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM)  

Wouldn't your cute feline friends have a lovely time visiting the garage? Happy trapping!

Lisa  – (January 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM)  

I am not as kind hearted as you, Alan. It's snap traps for any mice that find their way into our house. We had one nest in the insulation of our oven one time - that was a $600 mouse. Now it's me or them!

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (January 14, 2016 at 7:37 AM)  

I love the wildlife in my world, but not mice, no not mice at all.

Alan  – (January 14, 2016 at 7:46 AM)  

Peter: Kumo would, but then she'd be constantly begging to go into the garage, as she already does to go out on the deck. I don't know if I could take it. :)

Lisa: I understand your reasoning, and I'm not sure that releasing them into the hawk-patrolled field in the middle of winter is a great option for them anyway, but it gives them a chance.

Renee  – (January 16, 2016 at 12:25 AM)  

You're kind to the mice. I'm not sure what i would do with live mice that i caught, because i'm not sure i would want a bucket of them!

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