More About Voles (Maybe More than You Want to Know)

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This just came to my attention. Barbara Damrosch dishes the dirt about these rodents in A Game of Whack-a-Vole:

No sentiment please. No matter how reverent we gardeners may feel about the web of life there are times when the list of predators must include you.

We’re on the same page, Barbara.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

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redbrick December 3, 2006, 8:56 am

Don, that’s a vole other story! (Ahem, couldn’t help myself) BTW, if chickens can catch them, small furry meat is definitely on the menu. You should see them when they find a mouse nest full of “pinkies”.

Don December 2, 2006, 12:28 am

Did your cat hunt voles a lot, and then started throwing up and losing weight? Maybe it had volemia. (I know, I know… bad joke).

Kathy Purdy December 1, 2006, 10:41 am

We don’t have a dog but we do have chickens. I don’t have much to do with the chickens myself, but I haven’t heard any reports of chicken-eating voles. They have so much room to forage it is possible no one’s observed them. We used to have a wonderful hunting cat, but she died young of mysterious causes.

El December 1, 2006, 10:33 am

My chickens LOVE voles. My dogs do, too.

I can’t say they do much damage here with our heavy clay soil, but we have seen them…and unfortunately for them, they’ve been seen. Ugh.