There have been times in the past when we have had several hedgehogs visiting the feeding station each evening
Since the drought of 2018 we have had far fewer sightings. Not only did the parched ground make it hard for the hedgehogs to get their normal food supply but also they became a more sought after food supply by badgers unable to find worms. It was the only time we have seen badgers right up close to the house seeking sources of food.
So, we were pleased to spot hedgehog evidence recently
and were quick to make sure the feeding station was well supplied
Our camera trap showed a visitor coming several times each night, spread out of a number of hours
Although hedgehogs need and use a large range this one did not seem to roam far from its breakfast buffet very well appointed log pile bed
Then a couple of nights later we were pleased to see not one, but two
Even from the video we can’t decide if this behaviour is confrontational or potentially amorous
We have a number of wildlife cameras set up around Gribin Isaf. As well as being able to watch birds, hedgehogs and other independent creatures we can see the behaviour of our own livestock.
It all started with our nestbox camera which we bought quite a few years ago
Despite frequent relocations to find an acceptable setting, the bird population has stubbornly refused to make use of it. We have many normal boxes around the site which are filled every year – but not this one.
And then at last this year a Bluetit decided to move in
The oldest tree at Gribin Isaf is a stately Ash, many years ago part of a hedgerow and now in its later years. As an elderly late riser, it sees no need to bother with leaves until well into the second half of May.
Despite this lack of cover and only being a few yards from the house we were not aware that one of the large horizontal branches held a secret until the Mistle Thrush brood were lifting their beaks above the parapet.
From that time it was only a few days before the adults were calling the young out of their nest
We watched as they tiptoed along branches
and perched precariously in different trees nearby
Food still had to be delivered
We think they all four survived, in spite of at first being a little nonplussed with the idea
The days are getting longer, the evenings are getting shorter.
Little time to spend with photos and computers.
So we are going to try and share one quick picture of the day:
The beds are full of lettuce and each day a bowl is part of our lunch. The orchard is full of tulips and some succumb to a passing beast, or even the weight of their own headiness, and come indoors to radiate before they perish.
(See, we are cheating already, not just one picture at all)