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Fae Mouse; or a Visit with an Eastern Harvest Mouse

Despite the commonality of some critters, I love to watch them just as much as any other — they’re all captivating. I recently watched and photographed an Eastern Harvest Mouse for a solid 20 minutes….

This little guy is common in Florida’s wetland ecosystems, but other natural habitats include subtropical and tropical grasslands, scrub, swamps, prairies, meadows, and pastureland. Their range includes the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, and Texas. While the Eastern Harvest Mouse eats seeds, fresh plant matter, and small insects, they’re prey for our snakes, bobcats, large wading birds, and birds of prey. Their nests are constructed of shredded grasses and plant fibers, and are used by the mice year-round. Offspring are usually born in the late spring, summer, or early fall, with litter sizes ranging from 2 – 7.

I realize many people are spooked by rodents, mice in particular. Perhaps it’s my love of fairy tales, or plain fondness for all critters — every one — but I always see fairies accompanying them. Honestly, he’s adorable; as I’m always saying: THAT FACE!

Eastern Harvest Mouse, Florida Wetlands

Courtesy Project Gutenberg:

“Grasshopper Green and the Meadow-Mice,” Written and illustrated by John Rae. P.F. Volland Company, 1922

Courtesy Project Gutenberg:

“Grasshopper Green and the Meadow-Mice,” Written and illustrated by John Rae. P.F. Volland Company, 1922

“Fairies And a Field Mouse,” by Etheline E. Dell (1885-1923)

“The Chase of the White Mouse,” by John Anster Fitzgerald (1819-1906)

The Queen of the Field Mice, from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum

Courtesy Project Gutenberg:

Thumbelina, by Hans Christian Andersen, from “Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories: The Young Folks Treasury, Volume 1”

“The Fairy Bower” by John Anster Fitzgerald

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love this collection of mouse-y artwork! Precious!

    May 16, 2012
    • 🙂 Thanks so much, sometimes when I’m snapping shots I’m thinking of these images…

      May 16, 2012
  2. Mice are cool 🙂

    May 16, 2012
  3. What charming nonsense. I loved it and gave you a Bean’s Pat

    May 16, 2012
    • HEE! Thanks so much. 🙂 I’m full of such nonsense, or so I’ve been told. Often.

      May 16, 2012
  4. Beautiful post! Though not a big fan of mouse, this creature always come out wonderful in art works. 😉

    May 17, 2012
    • Thanks so much! 🙂 Believe me, I prefer seeing them in their natural surroundings, too…and not in the house, heh.

      May 17, 2012
  5. thanks for stopping by plucky umbrella!
    love your blog and i look forward to following!
    nice to meet you, mary

    May 19, 2012
    • ditto, thanks so much! i adore your images and concept, and can’t wait to see more… ♥

      May 19, 2012
  6. I think it’s funny that there are so many mice in stories for our children yet once those children grow up and become adults, they seem to dislike mice immensely. Yet they still like, say, chocolate. lol

    May 25, 2012
    • SO true! I’ve wondered the same; but the artists — they still obviously loved them. 🙂

      May 25, 2012

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