The hedgehog was really busy last night. It spent a good hour moving leaves into the box, getting ready for winter. Looks really cosy now.
Busy week with hedgehogs this week. I have been weighing them to make sure they are over the 600g it is suggested they need to be to survive hibernation. We also took delivery of Church the hedgehog from Cardiff Hedgehog Ruscue who needed a release site.
Here she is being weighed
And her first moments in the wild
Cardiff Hedgehog Rescue marked her with red nail varnish (true hi-tech tracking) so they can be identified, so I have been weighing and marking them now too. This has lead to quite a surprise! I thought we had 3 hedgehogs, now it appears we have 7! The biggest weighed in at 1028g
Whilst out in the garden I came across a little one, it only weighed 172g, so I rang Cardiff Rescue. He is a 5 week old orphan and we have named him Henry (he will be Henry The Eighth!). We took him down their and Amy showed us what they do, worming, hydrating etc, it was very interesting. She are going to look after him for a while and then we will have him back to look after overwinter.
The hedgehogs make an appearance on the live cams from about 15 mins after dusk until just before sunrise. They nap in our boxes but don’t stay there, hopefully they will overwinter. I suspect they sleep in the wood behind us, I may set up a cam to see if I can find where they come from.
I’d never really thought about it before, but I didn’t think a hedgehog would sleep on it’s side, I always assumed they would roll into a ball. This little fella seems to disagree with my assumption!
I have been waiting all week to get to Slimbridge hoping the Buff Breasted Sandpiper was still there (and the Dotterel). Luckily …..
We we arrived we headed out to the Dumbles which the wardens had very kindly opened for everyone to get a good view and it was high tide (even better!). It was easy to see where to go. Unfortunately most of the birds were a long way away so the pictures aren’t so good, but there all I’ve got. It was amazing just to see them though.
First off we saw the Dotterel which showed well for most of the morning
The Buff Breasted Sandpiper kept coming up onto the top grass and was difficult to spot.
On the mudflats there were a good mix of waders – Dunlin, Sanderling, Knot, Ruff, Little Stint, Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper and a good flyover Grey Plover. Another bonus were 4 Arctic Terns.
Whilst standing around a black and white blob was spotted floating up on the high tide. It was confirmed as a Manx Shearwater – our first! Don’t think it was very well though, hope he made it.
On the way back we also got great views of Redshank and Green Sandpipers
A great morning, nice to see the waders back, now for the ducks, geese and swans to come. They’re on their way 🙂
Just rewatched the video below and and noticed some fights. One hedgehog throws the other in the pond, then there is a bust up in the box, one pushing the other out so it curls up in a bowl. This is the the edited version of the fights: Hedgehogs – The Dark Side
Youtube video of some the the antics of the hedgehogs last night. Very cute close up in one the boxes and of one having a nap (or version of a mid afternoon nap?)
Strange week this week. The Goldfinch numbers are up but they’re not coming in the Garden, I assume the ones I’ve had over the summer have moved on and the ones flying around are new migrants and haven’t found the food yet. I’ve been trialling some different software (iSpy) for the Live Cams and it seems much better, check out the Live Cams Page. Lots of Hedgehog activity in the garden, 3 at a time and eating loads! There as been a fat Blue Tit hanging around, not sure if it is ok, looks a bit “wet” and lethargic, it lets you get very close, although it’s feeding well.
This is some footage from the Cams overnight
The Bird feeders had a very strange visitor this week although I don’t think it ate anything
Here’s the Blue Tit
There have been 3 Buzzards being very vocal all week, got one mid squawk!
Not many butterflies around but we did have this Green Veined White
Autumn is definitely in the air. The trees are changing colours, the Robin is singing from the top of the tree, Jackdaw flock are getting bigger and there has been an influx of Goldfinches, yet we still have fledglings appearing in the garden.
Greenfinch Fledglings – Great to have some of these, numbers are really down!
Insects are still buzzing, and I found a 7 Spot Ladybird and some late pupating Harlequins
7 Spot Ladybird
Loads of Wasps too. It’s fascinating watching them drink from the bird bath! Must get a photo of that
Buzzards and Sparrowhawks are flying over everyday, still waiting for a good shot of the Sparrowhawk though
Buzzard being mobbed by Jackdaw
The new Robin for the year is starting to claim his territory though he doesn’t seem as belligerent as last years.
The Hedgehogs are nightly visitors and going through food like nobody’s business. Last night all 3 were eating at the same time.
Had some nice clouds too!
And the ISS again