2019 Notes

6th July 2019
We have had very warm weather over the past week which in turn affects the badger cubs which emerged at very unusual times during day light hours! (see the 3 videos below)

The badger sett in the video’s above is situated on our Northern Farm boundary quite a long way from any fresh water the badgers have to ravel across two fields to obtain a drink of fresh water and the water is normally obtained by them after 10 pm and before 5 am not therefore during the day.
28th June 2019
A happy looking badger outside its sett entrance (in the video below) situated about 50 metres from our hides,we have 4 active badger setts one of which I know has three badger cubs on our north boundary (now three quarters grown) they are the first badgers to emerge just on dusk which shows me they still have some learning to do (the normal emergence is the hour after dusk)

Happy badger emerging from its sett

Happy badger emerging from its sett

The wild bird life has been very active here this year with greater and lesser spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers , resident partridges French and English, many blackbirds and thrushes, yellow hammers, Skylarks, to name but a few of our resident species all breeding!!

15th June 2019
Badgers and foxes (foxes with fox cubs) have been visiting the “Badger playground in front of our hides from about 9.30 pm onward.
Below is “Mrs One eye” she used to live in the play ground sett but moved to save her cubs two years ago.( and still lost two last year due to fighting)
This year however she had three more cubs and so far they look fit and well (watch the short video)

3rd June 2019
A red fox tries to catch a cock pheasant close to one of our badger setts(see short video below)

A deer has a great scratch by the same badger sett

A muntjack passes through our wood with the smallest fawn I have ever seen

3 badgers were spotted last night!! by our visitor along with a red fox lots of birds and a herd of fallow deer (2nd June 2019)
22nd May 2019
At long last I heard the Cuckoo this morning and for 20 continuous minutes
Photographs below taken last evening around 10pm by Shane from our top hide of badgers on the playground trees looking for peanuts. (many thanks Shane)

A badger making sure it was not going to be interrupted by using its acute sense of hearing  and smell

A badger making sure it was not going to be interrupted by using its acute sense of hearing and smell

a badger enjoying the peanuts

a badger enjoying the peanuts

Last evenings badger 8 feet up on their playground

Last evenings badger 8 feet up on their playground


29th April 2019
A badger last night in the video below finding peanuts that I had hidden earlier on in the evening on one of our “badger playground” trees! They obviously have a wonderful sense of smell

Another badger on one of the other trees in the “badger playground” also finding peanuts (In the video below)

A good close up of the tawny owl (in the video below) sitting on the same tree a little later after the badger had gone, probably awaiting a visit from a mouse.

The clock times on the above videos above should be ignored as they are NOT correct
25th April 2019
The badger last night seemed adept at climbing on to the tree to get a few peanuts.

On the tree looking for peanuts

On the tree looking for peanuts

A Tawny Owl (a frequent visitor) also uses the feeding tree to catch mice
The Tawny Owl looking for food

The Tawny Owl looking for food

The Owl did not stay very long

21st April 2019
I am pleased to say that there have been badgers visiting our badger watch site early every evening (around 9 pm to 9.30 pm every evening for the past two months.
The badgers on our North farm boundary have produced three cubs which emerged for the first time at the beginning of the week (see the short video’s below)

There are as usual two entrances to the Badger Sett below is the video taken last night (20.04.2019)

The bird life at the moment is ecstatic with bird song early every morning and constant showing off by most male species trying to win there partners, I watched three Skylarks yesterday for 15 minutes and have never before seen such a flying display.

It looks like the badgers are using our designated area once again with at least two badgers at once arriving together and performing a pre mating act in front of one of our cameras (see still photo and video link below)

Getting very friendly

Getting very friendly

The badgers in the video below are hungry!! and I believe that they are also in the video above.

On my early morning dog walks (now 7 am) I am listening to Blackbirds and thrushes starting to sing an early morning delight for me.

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