There’s A Rat In Me Garden Caught this rat on the cams over the last couple of nights. It’s funny how they elicit different feelings, I’m happy for it to come, all wildlife is welcome! He seems to enjoy a swim in the pond, but haven’t managed to get it on film yet.

Hedgehogs Galore

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

The Weigh-In

And her first moments in the wild

A Taste of Freedom

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

Hedgehog Pie

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.

Henry Ball

Henry the Orphan

Henry's Face

Henry Awake

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.

Slimbridge – 17/09 – Buff Breasted Sandpiper, Dotterel and More

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.

Birders Waiting

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.

Buff Breasted Sandpiper

Buff Breasted Sandpiper

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.

Arctic Tern

Little Stint

Knot and Sanderling

Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper

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

Knock Knees

Redshank Wading

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 🙂

Hedgehogs – The Dark Side

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

Live Cams, Hedgehogs and a Blue Tit

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

Can I Eat Sunflower Seeds?

Here’s the Blue Tit

Fat 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

Sipping Nectar

Feels like Autumn, yet still more fledglings

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!

Fledgling Greenfinch
Fledgling Greenfinch

Goldfinch Fledgling

Fledgling Goldfinch

Juvenile Woodpigeon

Young Woodpigeon

Insects are still buzzing, and I found a 7 Spot Ladybird and some late pupating Harlequins

7 Spot Ladybird

7 Spot Ladybird

Harlequin Pupa

Ladybird Pupa

Loads of Wasps too. It’s fascinating watching them drink from the bird bath! Must get a photo of that

Common Wasp - Side

Buzzards and Sparrowhawks are flying over everyday, still waiting for a good shot of the Sparrowhawk though

Buzzard being mobbed by Jackdaw

Jackdaw Mobbing Buzzard

The new Robin for the year is starting to claim his territory though he doesn’t seem as belligerent as last years.

Flat Top

The Hedgehogs are nightly visitors and going through food like nobody’s business. Last night all 3 were eating at the same time.

3 Hedgehogs
3 Hedgehogs

Had some nice clouds too!

Sun Shafts
Sun Shafts

And the ISS again

ISS Pass 28/08/11