Another Takes a Drink

Leviticus 11:
29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind,
30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.
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The dry weather has brought some interesting sightings to our bird bath. This cement bath is surely a favorite among the wildlife around here.

Today’s thirsty creature is no bird.  For those of you, who like me, are not familiar with critters, this is a mole. Specifically an Eastern Mole.

A tiny little mole
Drinks from a cool refreshing bowl.

Many people and golf course owners ( I’ve been reading how golf course maintenance is among one of the least bird friendly acts in the world with all the pesticides and herbicides used to create that “perfect” environment for hitting little white balls)  dislike moles.  Such destruction they leave behind in their hunt for food.

But did you know they are beneficial to your lawn?  Free aerating!  No need to rent a machine or pay someone to use their gas powered engine to make all those little mud poops on your yard.  That’s what we called them growing up when my father occasionally rented an aerator.  And while thinking about that, you also get free fertilizer!  :D

If you follow Mosaic law, you cannot eat moles, but then if you are not restricted in your diet, you still may not want to eat one of these ground dwellers. Moles have few predators because they are hard to catch, but if they are threatened, they will release a foul-smelling musk. That’s enough to keep me away.

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8 thoughts on “Another Takes a Drink

  1. Neat little guy! Yes, moles are good aerators; if they’ve left a pile of dirt somewhere I can take it, mix it with peat, and use it for my planters or perennial bed.

    I’m sure all the moles and mice around are thankful for your watering trough. This mole must have been thirsty to be out in the daytime; I thought they were nocturnal. We tend to only think of ourselves, but a lot of wildlife suffers and is decimated when droughts hit.

  2. He looks so smooth and silky. :-)

  3. What a great picture! How fun to see him at your bird bath. :)

  4. Interesting information about our little mole friends…Diane

  5. Eclectic Rhapsody

    Thanks for the scripture and picture! What a cute rolie polie little guy. Interesting facts as well. :)

  6. My mom and I are novice bird watchers…have been for awhile. We are believers as well. I started to catch moles alive when I was laid off from work. God used my mole hunting as a stress reliever. I always try to catch the mole alive, but sometimes that does not happen. I release the moles elsewhere. You can see my catches on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/MouseHoleStudios also there is video of me feeding wild birds out of my hand. we take pics of birds almost every day. Try: http://www.matthewfels.blogspot.com search for birds and other critters.

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