The second capture: nothing to do with me

Yesterday I talked about catching mice. Little did I know that my post would have such far-reaching consequences, inspiring those around me to act.

I happened to glance out the window and noticed this pretty neighborhood cat that first appeared in my garden this summer. Definitely interested in something...


Surely it's the bird feeder just a couple of meters away, right?

So intent...

But then I noticed its focus was actually on the ground:

And in a flash he was up on his feet, heading toward the back yard...

...where I managed to get a glimpse of his captured prey:

I'm not sure if that's a shrew or a mole, but probably a shrew based upon size and the fact that it was under leaves. (I think the moles dig a little bit deeper when the soil freezes.)

Nice going kitty!

I did not manage to catch a second mouse last night, although some of the bait was gone. I have one more chance tonight as tomorrow will be warmish again...


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outlawgardener  – (January 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM)  

Such a handsome and adept hunter! May you be equally successful in your trapping effort tonight!

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (January 14, 2016 at 9:37 AM)  

Great photos, you were at the right place at the right time.
I remember my cat years ago fluffed with pride to have brought dinner home and a dead mouse at is feet. Its not easy to hold back the horror when you hear, "Oh look! Kitty brought home Mickey Mouse."

Rock rose  – (January 14, 2016 at 12:29 PM)  

As long as it wasn't a bird. Cats rarely eat their prey but still have the instinct to hunt.

Alan  – (January 14, 2016 at 1:12 PM)  

Peter: Definitely need help keeping the rodent population in check. Hope he eats chipmunks too (once they awaken)

Maywyn: I think I'd rather have a cat drop one for me than just find a dead one in the garage, wondering how exactly it died (and how long ago)

Jenny: Our cat Kumo ate everything she caught, although I've only seen her eat a mouse, a chipmunk, and a baby rabbit. xP

Renee  – (January 15, 2016 at 11:28 PM)  

Go cat! I keep hoping the neighborhood cats will catch the gopher, but instead, the gopher just taunts them...

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