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Winter Mouse House

11-14-16-mouse-house2-049a1332One of my very favorite animal signs is the winterized home of a Deer or White-footed Mouse. Most songbirds do not re-use their nests. Once the nestlings have fledged, what doesn’t get recycled directly from the nest by other birds or critters slowly disintegrates from rain and snow. That is, unless an agile mouse discovers it and renovates it first. Deer and White-footed Mice are known for using abandoned nests as larders (see or as homes for the winter. For the latter, a roof is constructed, usually out of milkweed or cattail fluff, but I have even found man-made insulation used as construction material for a roof. (The pictured nest has been well insulated with a roof of cattail fluff.)

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7 responses

  1. Chris

    This is so funny! And, I wonder why the mice around me don’t pick bird nests instead of under the hood of my car????

    November 14, 2016 at 8:35 am

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    How high into a bush or tree do mice go to find a nest for winter coziness?

    November 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

    • Most of the ones I’ve found have been 8′ or lower.

      November 14, 2016 at 10:14 am

  3. Jane Marshall

    I would never have known this detail of a winter home for these mice! Great picture. Thanks

    November 14, 2016 at 9:50 am

  4. Kathryn

    Aren’t they clever? this looks quite cozy!

    November 14, 2016 at 9:51 am

  5. Alice Pratt

    How great to be a mouse in a cozy old bird nest house.

    November 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

  6. Looks cozy!

    November 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm

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