Decison Rat-ified

After the arrival of a first batch of young rats it looks like she’s been at it again! So after a bit of research into how fast they can breed I’ve taken a decision to stop feeding the birds until the rats have moved on. I’m sure once the free food dries up they’ll have to find a new source. If they continue to breed it’s more likely that the landowner will bring in another more final solution than my not feeding the birds!

It didn’t help when a colleague in the office was putting out blueberries, chunks of bread and even cheesy Wotsits for them. We’ve had words and she finally agreed that it was the right decision. So for a while the birds will have to look after themselves I’m afraid. I’ve enjoyed watching their antics but I don’t want to be the reason someone decides to kill them.

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Rat-A-Tat-A-Tat!

Well I guess she was nest building a few weeks ago as the feeding area is awash with rats now!! There are at least four new faces scurrying around popping up amongst the branches, in the wall and under the leaves. They don’t seem to bother the birds but I’m a bit worried that they’ll chase off the voles and shrews so I’m planning to cut back on the ground feeding I do and stick to just filling the bird feeders. It may be a bit unfair on the ground feeding birds such as the chaffinch and dunnock but however cute these new arrivals are I don’t want a plague of rats.

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Hey Rat Fans

To be perfectly honest rats were never on my list of animals to photograph and in fact they’re not an animal I ever give much thought to. It’s said we’re never more than 12 feet away from a rat but they’re not something you see that often. They also have a bad press and are seen by many as dirty disease riddled pests. Until this week I’d probably have said the same if ever asked about them.

However I’ve changed my mind. Two rats have suddenly appeared foraging around below the feeders I’ve put up at work hoovering up anything the birds drop. At first I wasn’t that impressed they were there but thought why not they’re wildlife and actually they’re really quite photogenic. And they’re cleaning up the place as well.

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I’m not too sure what the voles, mice and shrew might think of their new larger neighbours or even if they’re a threat to them, I hope not.

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They do carry disease which can be passed to humans so being careful what I touch and good hand cleaning is important if they’re going to stick around.

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