Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

rat inside flower pot, backyard wildlife

Our backyard wood rat. He pilfers birdseed from inside an overturned flower pot.

We have a new backyard visitor. Actually, he thinks he’s a long-term resident. A wood rat has been living in the yard for at least 6 months. For the past month or so, he’s been burrowed underneath a thick layer of snow and ice. Now that spring is coming and the snow is melting, the rat is no longer staying inside. We’ve been watching him prancing back and forth along his self-made trail. First, he runs straight from his den to the seeds that have spilled from the bird feeders. Then, he returns back to store the seeds inside. Today, he found a nice cache of seeds that had fallen inside an overturned flower pot.

The video below shows him racing back and forth to collect the seeds. You can see why they are called pack rats.

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21 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

  1. Lol…. My daughter had two pet rats and it changed how I viewed them

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  3. That’s really cool to have a wood rat in your backyard!

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  8. An interesting perspective in more ways than one – lovely picture

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  10. I love the video! It made me laugh!

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  12. Such an amusing little guy. Love the video through the broken flower pot.

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  15. Super cute video! :) You have a lot more wildlife in your backyard than I do in the city. I have some great pigeons and cockroaches…
    Happy Travels,
    Daisy

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