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In the context of pest control (voles), I have this definition of a trap that is sprung but without the rodent being cauight as "bourré" - the full context: "Un piège est declaré 'bourré' losqu'il a été declenché par un rongeur qui n'a pas été pris mais dont l'indice de frequentation est materialisé par la présence de terre amenée par le campagnol..."
The context is so specific that I think it is the little pest who springs the trap by shovelling earth onto it and in that sense is 'packed' (my tentative trans) with soil.
Does this make sense?
Many thanks to all, in anticipation
The woodpeckers and things sound lovely. I like bats too - I've had 2 in my house in the past few months, one alive and clinging to the curtains (I managed to capture it and let it out - don't know how it got in!) and another, dead, not nec. killed by my cat (maybe just found), but lovely, a long-eared bat.
Just to show that I am not anti-wildlife, I've just come back from my daughter's house wher ther is now a tiny little bat hanging on the wall 'inside' the house. They were there when she bought it, about 8 years ago, but moved out when e started work. Apparently, this one has found its way 'home'. Don't worry folks, it will be safe, as long as the cat doesn't get it.
Thanks for the link. Super photo, perhaps one day i'll have the time and inclination to get out of bed early and take some photos. Not only owls but also the wonderfule woodpeckers that we have around here. See them everyday, green and spotted, lovely.
I've nothing against voles BUT they do a lot of damage. As for the barn owl, lovely creatures except when they sit outside my window and start twitting and twooing at 4.00 am. I'm not a farmer but do have horses and they prefer hay without molehills. The farmer prefers to cut grass without molehills complete with stones etc. So, sorry to say Mr MOLE, VOLE, RAT etc are not welcome. If they want to move over to Gilla's place, fine by me. We'll set the unjammed traps and deliver - how's that for an offer you can't refuse.