Hiding in roof of bird house, Macoun Marsh, Ottawa
There are two very similar species of Peromyscus found in Chaco Canyon; the Deer Mouse and the Canyon Mouse. While I have no experience with either species and all of my information is from field guides I feel reasonably confident about this ID. According to everything I read, details of the tail are the most distinctive feature separating these two mice. Unfortunately it is not visible. The Canyon mouse is supposed to have longer ears and longer pelage than the Deer Mouse and the ears on this individual, if folded down, would just reach the eye. Its pelage also appears uniformly short.
It also was very fond of the peach pit that accidentally dropped off the table.
picked up Styrofoam, found this. she stuck her head out, but too fast for photo. can see tail sticking out back. phragimites seed heads, down feathers, and styrofoam
Caught in a bait trap, is in the plastic bag to be weighed then released.
El ratón ciervo (Peromyscus maniculatus) es una especie de roedor de la familia Cricetidae originario de Norteamérica. Se extiende por toda Norteamérica a excepción del sudeste de Estados Unidos y el extremo norte del continente. Es un conocido portador de hantavirus, que pueden ser trasmitido a los seres humanos. Está estrechamente emparentado con el Peromyscus leucopus, el ratón de patas blancas.