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telophase ([personal profile] telophase) wrote2013-02-18 08:16 am

Rodent guesses?

Opened the blinds for the window that looks out on the bird feeders and surprised a couple of white-wing doves and a rodent of some ilk rummaging about the ground through the sunflower seed shells. The doves were walking around the ground near to the rodent, so I am reasonably sure of its size--rather rat-like in size, and that generic brownish rodent-y color. I *think* its ears were rounded. Its tail was the odd bit--it was short. I did not get a good enough look to see if it was naked or hairy, but it was definitely short. My current theory is that it's a common rat with half a tail, but in case I don't know of things that look ratlike but have short tails, any guesses?

We do live near large fields, with construction happening and tearing up habitat, so field rodents could easily come up into this area.

I sort of hope this encourages the hawks.
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[personal profile] sophisted 2013-02-18 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm guessing some variation of the pocket gopher.
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[personal profile] chomiji 2013-02-18 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)

Maybe a vole of some kind? Apparently there are a couple of species in your area.

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2013-02-18 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, it could be a prairie vole (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/EndangeredResources/SpeciesPhotos.asp?SpecCode=AMAFF11140&PhotoNum=23585). That looks a lot like it. I'll see what I can dig up about its range and habitat. Thanks!

[identity profile] riofriotex.livejournal.com 2013-02-18 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Doesn't look like we have prairie voles in the area. I'm thinking maybe a mole?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_%28animal%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_%28animal%29)
http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/scalaqua.htm (http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/scalaqua.htm)

Note the short tail, and I can tell you from the damage in my yard, we've definitely got them here.

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2013-02-18 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
No, I'm not thinking moles--I could see its eyes and its face looked ratlike with larger eyes than moles, and it was holding sunflower seeds like rats do. Perhaps a pine vole (http://www.volecontrol.com/pine_vole.html)? Their range appears to cover North Texas.

[identity profile] riofriotex.livejournal.com 2013-02-18 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I'm betting that's what we have too! Thanks for the link!