Wednesday, 30 June 2010

More photos of the baby (and other hedgehogs)

The baby hedgehog has been back each night since I first saw it. Often it seems to be with another hog - possibly the mother. I did consider that there may be more than one baby, but I've not seen two at the same time, and this one does seem to have some distinctive markings on its back. Anyway, these photos are from Tuesday night, 29 July. They are a bit more glary than usual because I forgot to put the rubber mats down again after washing them. Note also, Elsa is in a few of the photos. She loves watching the hogs - it's the highlight of her day!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Hedgehogs like banana!

Video footage from last Wednesday night (I've only just found the time to edit it together).

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Baby hog on Friday night

Well, I've noticed one or two smaller hogs visiting recently, but none as small as this little baby. You don't get a good idea of scale in the photo, but trust me, it's a little one.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

A hot Wednesday night

Today I have a couple of colour photos for you. The hedgehogs don't seem to mind me being out in the garden at the same time as them - so long as I move about slowly and quietly, and don't make any sudden moves. This little one pictured above is in front of the tomato grow bags, whilst in the next picture we see another hog at the secondary feeding station at the bottom of the garden.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Hedgehogs on the summer solstice

Out of curiousity, I wondered how much hedgehog activity there would be in the garden on the night of the Summer Soltice, the shortest hours of darknesss in the year. Below is a slideshow presentation showing all the night's captures.

Note, at 11:18pm Elsa gets into shot. I had just put some more mealworms down (funny that the camera didn't photograph me) and also threw down a piece of over-ripe banana, which is what Elsa was investigating and which can be seen in subsequent frames getting gradually smaller and smaller. So there we have it - proof that hedgehogs like banana!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Thursday night's hedgehog movie

Oh dear, one little hog has a itch to scratch! (Footage speeded-up).

Friday, 11 June 2010

Friday night's early hog

This hog couldn't wait for darkness to fall and was happily munching on mealworms, sunflower seeds and chopped peanuts while it was still dusk, shortly before 10pm tonight. Neither did it seem bothered by my presence nor Elsa bombing around the garden like a mad thing.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Saturday night/Sunday morning hogs

Is it a sheep or is it a pig?

OK, these aren't our usual kind of "hogs" on this blog and they aren't even wildlife, but I had to share these photos with you. I was in Oxford yesterday and saw these woolly pigs amongst some animals that were being shown as part of a "Garden Festival" at the Oxford Castle complex. Apparently they are a rare pedigree breed known as Mangalitza pigs.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Hedgehogs, woodpigeons, and the return of another recent visitor

It was a very hot and humid night, and there were numerous hedgehog visits throughout.

As usual, the woodpigeons come down to pick over the leftovers in the morning:

But who is this in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo:

Could it be our visitor from a few days ago again?


Conclusive evidence that we now have a squirrel visiting.

And a cheeky one at that!