Shingle Mouse Nest ?

21st October 2009, Wednesday

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I recently noticed a mound of dirty stones on the shingle, about 50 metres from the shoreline. All 200 or so pebbles had apparently come from a small hole in the shingle under a Bittersweet plant. I have assumed such holes to be made by a Field Mouse, but find it hard to imagine a little mouse carrying each of these from underground and then up to 50 cm. away from the hole. Anyway it may make an ideal Bumblebee nest one day…

Close up of the hole about 3 cm. diameter.

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