Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A not so welcome visitor

American Tree-rat - one of the scourges of the British countryside

Hot on the heels of the Little Owl comes only my second ever tree rat in the garden. Yes, we even get them in the middle of the fens! The first was two autumns ago and it thankfully stayed for only a day before moving down the drove for another couple of days before disappearing altogether (yippee!). Let’s hope this one follows suit!

forget culling Ruddy Ducks, these introduced blighters do untold damage to our natural wildlife as they predate the nests of many songbird species, drive out our native Red Squirrel and cause major damage to trees. But, I guess we are stuck with them since I would dread to think of the cost of trying to eradicate these sods.

Leica APO Televid 62 with 26xWA | Nikon Coolpix 995 |
© Steve Dudley

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