Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
A Tale Of Two Voles
by admin - 22:58 on 23 July 2012
A little more gardening (but only a little) was performed today: clearing away the latest Seed Volcano beneath the feeder near the garden gate.
A short time later, while admiring the result of my labours, I spied some scurrying going on in the mostly bare patch on which fresh seed had already begun to fall. I've seen several vole holes in the vicinity, and occasionally observed their occupants feeding alongside the sparrows, but this hungry rodent was out on his own and a couple of feet from cover.
And barely six feet from a cat who was taking more than a passing interest in what was going on.
The vole made several seed-collecting sorties before Bess stirred from her late-afternoon lethargy and strolled across to get a closer look at the area. Fortunately, through luck or instinct the vole didn't return until Bess grew bored and settled down again in her snoozing spot for another forty winks.
It's possible that her vole quota had already been met for the day – in the morning she'd shouted me out into the garden to watch while she devoured a less lucky vole. Her lack of teeth was a handicap but with a bit of effort she was able to swallow her prey. Not a pretty sight.
Book Update: I've added a Facebook icon to Bess's book page. Feel free to Like her and tell all your Facebuddies to do the same. If she doesn't go viral it won't be through lack of trying.
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