One of the bird slash mouse houses in the bee yard

Bird Houses, Now Mouse Houses, in the Old Bee Yard

A couple of years ago one of my sons made some bird houses. I guess we never put them in trees, but at some point they found their way out to our old bee yard on the side of the mountain. The bee hives aren’t there any more, but the benches are, and two handmade bird boxes have sat there, keeping their own counsel, for a handful of seasons now.

Here’s the bee yard when it was full of hives:

May 2020 Bee yard
May 2020 Bee yard

And here’s what that same old bee yard looks like now. See the two bird houses up there?

Pip sunning in the old bee yard
Pip sunning in the old bee yard

I walked up there this week to photograph a writer spider who had built a web on the blueberry fencing next to the bee yard, and it occurred to me to look inside the bird houses. Why have I never done this before?

One of the bird slash mouse houses in the bee yard
One of the bird houses in the bee yard

I had been assuming they were empty all this time, but of course they weren’t! I startled the mouse in the first one, coming in all loud face, giant noise, and unexpected sunshine.

“Oh! Sorry,” I told her, and closed the roof.

Then I tiptoed over to the other one, quietly lifted the lid a crack, and confirmed, yes, another mouse house!

I went back later and took a photo of the interior of one of them, and the mouse is actually in the corner, but I don’t think you can make her out very well. I decided not to disturb her any further, though. After all, I wouldn’t want someone lifting the roof off my house and peering in, either.

Inside the mouse house
Inside the mouse house

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2 comments on “Bird Houses, Now Mouse Houses, in the Old Bee Yard

  1. Mice know a good thing when they see one! Warm and dry and protected, whats not to like?

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