This photo was taken just after 7:00pm tonight. The sky wasn't even fully dark. I'd just gone out to put food out for the hedgehogs and to refresh the newspaper in the feeding station and was about to lift the lid when I saw that there was a hedgehog already in residence eating the scraps from the previous night.
That's about two and half hours earlier than visits have been recently, and some nights they don't even put in an appearance until 11:30-ish or even after midnight. I'm wondering if this is a different hedgehog from the usual two visitors. It certainly isn't Blondie - I can see that from the lack of markings, but I have to confess that I don't know if the hedgehog I refer to as "the other one" is actually a single hedgehog or several.
Alternatively perhaps this hedgehog is "the other one" (or one of "the other ones") who has already been visiting and was woken by the thunderstorm we had an hour earlier and then emerged when the rain stopped; it might have thought it wise to venture out while it could.
However, this is all just conjecture. I'm hoping to capture some evidence on camera of there actually being more than two hedgehogs currently visiting the garden.