I was out walking the other day, and I noticed this:
Only one critter, that I know of, makes those big oblong holes in a tree - a pileated woodpecker! I know they are in these woods, but in spite of their being so big and noisy, I rarely see them. It is great to see signs like this.
A little ways away from this dead tree, I saw this:
Another dead tree, another hole - more than one, actually. But this hole was very close to the ground, and much larger inside than out. Who made it? Upon closer examination, I saw this:
I still don't know exactly who made the hole, but a little mouse (white-footed mouse? wood mouse?) has been using it as a dining room. Look at those munched acorns - they look like the ones I find in the corners of my shed. So I call this a mouse house!
It would be really neat to see all the creatures that I know are out there in "my" woods and meadows, but it is also very mysterious and intriguing to know that they are there, unseen. I imagine they see us far more often than we see them. So many secrets held in the outdoors...