Yeah I agree it's a mouse. Rats have a longer face and smaller ears.
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Same here. My feeders have been very quiet while the sun was out. I guess it's easier for them to find active caterpillars, daddy long legs and the like. But when it cools down they're more likely to come looking for the birdy equivalent of a McDonalds drive through! :) I've got a nice little family...
We've had more than a month of clear skies and now we want it to be clear for the eclipse it looks like we might be thwarted by rain. I'm going to go out and have a watch of it though. Might get lucky. There's another in January if it doesn't work out.