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So it's still snowing here (ugh) but Mr Psmith and I were amused the other morning to wake up and see that the nasty weather hasn't stopped the mice in the neighborhood from venturing out on their daily rounds. I can only imagine what their sub-surface tunnels must look like, and how annoying it must be when the walls start to melt!

View from our front porch:

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Close-up of the plunge into the snowbank:

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a_boleyn
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
Mother Nature bites the big one. It's March 1st and we have snow!!! One to three inches predicted so we'll have to see what is on the ground Sunday morning when I wake up. Cause I'm really looking forward to getting up and shovelling more of the white crap. (NOT)

At least you have interesting wildlife to track through the snow. If it isn't city rats it's skunks around here.
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
We're currently the sixth snowiest city in the U.S., and it's snowing as we speak. Bleah.

We live in the city but we do have a surprising amount of critters. We have several different kinds of bird-feeders in the back yard and every morning it's fun to see what new tracks there are. Birds, of course, but also rabbits, squirrels, etc.
pitry
Mar. 2nd, 2014 06:21 am (UTC)
Well, they need to patrol the neighbourhood and make sure no one's taking advantage of the snow to sneak in! :D
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, what a cute little guy in your icon!!
mimimanderly
Mar. 2nd, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Many years ago, in the fall, I put down some black plastic sheeting in my front yard and covered it with leaves in order to eradicate the grass so that I could plant native plants the following spring. That winter, we had a heavy snowstorm, with about a foot of really wet, heavy snow and ice. When spring came around and it was time to pull up the plastic and start planting, I was horrified by what I discovered. Mice had made tunnels under the snow, but also under the sheering. The snow had been so heavy that it had squashed all the mice. As I rolled up the sheeting, it had all these little dead, squashed bodies sticking to it. There must have been a hundred of them. (It was a large area and they were densely packed.) After that, I decided to kill off the grass with layers of newspaper followed by leaves. It decomposes on its own so that I don't have to roll it up and contend with a horror scene in my garden.

Buy yes, the mice are all under there, under all that snow, like a bunch of furry little wights from beyond The Wall....
toblass
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
What a ghastly scene, Mimi! I can't even begin to imagine. :(
mimimanderly
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
I was cringing and screaming as I rolled up and disposed of the sheeting. This undoubtedly went a long way towards establishing my reputation of being odd amongst my neighbors.
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh that's awful!! I have to say that seeing these tracks has given me second thoughts about using the snowblower :/
droxy
Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
oh that's sad.
drinkingcocoa
Mar. 2nd, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm speechless. These photos make me feel like I'm standing right there, just taking in what the snow is telling me. Huh. What if everything left a trail like that?
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Our backyard has tracks from squirrel, rabbit, crow, pigeon, sparrow, etc., but for some reason these little mice-tracks are the most appealing to me. Maybe because at first I was stumped as to what they were since there weren't any footprints, just those wandering little troughs. The snow was probably above their heads!!
iulia_linnea
Mar. 2nd, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Tough little buggers!
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
I know -- the snow was probable over their tiny little heads. It'd be like me wandering around in five-foot drifts!
droxys_dad
Mar. 2nd, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Methinks the cat might be more interested than us...
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
So far no cat tracks outside the hole in the snowbank :)
droxy
Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
so cute. But the owls here would have ate him by now.
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
The way the weather is, I'm thinking it will soon be arctic foxes!
mundungus42
Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Eee!! We've got a ski trip planned for late March, and Hildy always loves those because it means attempting to dig out the snow mice. She has yet to succeed, but bless her, she keeps trying.
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds like she's part arctic fox lol!
kellychambliss
Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
What a darling shot. The poor things, they must be frozen. I'm not sure I would have recognized their trails for what they are, but the adorable little mouse hole is a nice clue.

Sorry about the snow. I hate winter.
delphipsmith
Mar. 2nd, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
I didn't know what they were at first -- I was like, "What, we have winter snakes or something?" It was Mr Psmith who pointed out the little hole in the snowbank and figured it out. I imagine them in burrowed into little snow caves all cuddled up together :)
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