The hogs have been fed well in my absense and turned up tonight at approx 8pm. Looking out the window I saw three of them out there at the same time. I decided to take a few sneaky photos whilst hanging out the window and luckily they didn't seem concerned by the camera flash.
This hog is investigating a dropped clothes peg from off the clothesline. No, it's not edible, but I suppose a hedgehog needs to find out these things for itself.
This other hog has left this food bowl in a right old mess. Eating all the mealworms and chucking out everything else, I reckon! Note the markings on the hog's back - however this is not Scratchy - this is a bigger hog and its markings are quite different.
Is it just my imagination or are the hogs getting fluffier? I suppose they might be growing a winter coat ready for their upcoming hibernation period.
Note there appears to be a tick near this hog's ear. I'd be a bit concerned about trying to treat that, with it being so close to the hog's eye.
I don't want to disturb them too much, I'm going to keep checking to see if Scratchy turns up. Stay tuned.