This was in an attempt to prevent my feeding the entire valley's rodent population - which would be an expensive exercise, and would encourage them to take up residence close to their convenient food source - just what I don't want.
It is amazing - even the wild birds watch out for me. As I walk towards the bowls in the duck enclosure they arrive en masse and perch wherever they can until I leave and they can get to it.
|The wild birds look out for me too - and all line|
up in anticipation of a good munch
The other day as I was walking away from feeding the ducks I happened to glance back to see if the ducks had settled into muching and I spotted this...
|Cheeky things - they barely allow me to|
leave the enclosure before they climb into
the contents of the food bowls
|I spy birds, and someting else...|
... and not only birds. Can you see what I spied in the bottom right corner of the photopgraph?
As the wild birds were busy with the one bowl, this ruddy field mouse proceeded to the second bowl, and, maling like the bird in the 2nd photo above, it proceeded to straddle the edge and reach down to the water to get the sunflower seeds which were floating on top.
|Yeah, it's cute -|
but it's still a rodent.
And it eats my veggies!
No wonder I found empty sunflower seed shells scattered round the bowls. I thought it was strange that ducks would shell the seeds, and figured that the birds weren't big enough to do so.
All is now clear. I have said before that sometimes I am slow - this is just another example ;)
So, when I go to town at the end of the week I am going to have to find some bowls which are shallow enough for the ducks to reach into, but too deep for the mice... (and may I add, I have no problem if they do try, and they happen to plunge in and drown because they've stretched too far - there is absolutely no danger to the mouse population and any that do meet their maker will do so without poison and are thus safe for other wildlife to munch!)
I will not be thwarted in my fight against the rodent problem LOL