2016 Notes

May 9thth 2016
A pair of swallows arrived back here on the 4th May and immediately started looking around the inside of one of our barns for a nest site.
The two sets of badger cubs on our north part of the farm are progressing well, lots of play fights and following their mothers a little way from the setts looing for food.
Video below: The 3 badger cubs become much more active chasing each other around and play fighting

Video below: A badger cub is now aware of a flying insect

Video below: The badger cubs start looking/scraping for food

April 28th 2016
The badger sett on our northern boundary seems stable with the exception of the cubs emerging mid afternoon!!
see the first two videos below.

The next two videos depicts a badger war around one of our watched setts, the war has been going on all week (no badger cubs seen here yet no surprise there)

April 24th 2016
The badger cub in the other sett has two siblings (see video below)

April 23rd 2016
The badger cubs get stronger by the night! I have also spotted another badger cub in a sett close by this sett.

19th April 2016
After a couple of days and nights of “rough” weather the badger cubs emerged again for a longer period and looking stronger/more active
(take no notice of the times on the camera damp/water is not good for electronics and has altered the time)

This years cubs out and about again

This years cubs out and about again

15th April 2016

A truly wonderful sight from one of our satellite badger setts!!

The first badger cubs I have seen this year

The first badger cubs I have seen this year

(click on the image around three times to full size it)

This sett last year produced the first emerging badger cub this year after a warm winter at least three badger cubs have been produced.
I only set the camera outside the sett yesterday.

Hopefully there will be many more videos of this years badger cubs to come.

2016 Notes

14th April 2016
A sleepy badger and others in the videos below. (I have never in 20 plus years seen a badger having a sleep outside the sett

Midnight grooming by friendly badgers

A badger roll over!!

13th Aril 2016
Good sightings of a barn owl at 7pm close to the mobile home by our current visitors photo below

The Barn Owl hunting the orchard hedge in front of our Mobile Home. photographed by Elisabeth Hunt (many thanks for it)

The Barn Owl hunting the orchard hedge in front of our Mobile Home. photographed by Elisabeth Hunt (many thanks for it)

Not all of a badgers life is pleasant see short videos below

6th April 2016
The badger emergence is variable at the moment between 7.30pm and 11pm
One of our recent visitors reported a sighting of a lesser spotted woodpecker which surprised me, however the video below proves it

The greater spotted woodpecker is around twice the size of the lesser spotted woodpecker and has obvious wing marking differences to the lesser spotted woodpecker (see vide below of the greater spotted woodpecker)

2nd April 2016
The reason a badger is always on guard either in or outside the sett at this time of year when there is a possibility of cubs being in the sett is demonstrated in the short video below

1st April 2016
The closest badger to the camera ever and this is not an April fool joke

Below is a daylight badger looking/smelling around to see what is around before making an emergence

30th March 2016

How many stags are there in the herd of fallow deer across the valley from us this morning?

PLease note that “whitey” the albino is still with them!!

The badger emergence is now around 8pm

Our current visitors Bob & Lin spent half of yesterdays daylight hours watching a kingfisher fishing on our top pond (for sticklebacks) (photographs will be available next week)

Good sightings of buzzards and red kites enjoying free flight in the high winds.

a family of deer visited us recently.

The badgers are around their setts most of the time never leaving a sett unattended which is a sign of badger cubs being underground!!

2016 Notes

March 21st 2016
The badger emergence is around 7.15pm
The badgers have been taking copious amounts of straw down into their setts which is a good indicator of badger cubs being present, together with the fact that my cameras show the presence of an adult badger being in or around the setts at all times, the guard duty is shared between the 4 adult occupants!

In the video below are a covey of red legged partridges passing the camera, it is the biggest covey of partridges I have ever seen on our farm.

March 14th 2016
The badger emergence is around 6.45pm
An interesting 28 seconds badger tussle in the video below

March 9, 2016
Tremendous rainfall here overnight (2-3 inches) and it is still raining flooding everywhere except. here as we are 450 feet above sea level
from yesterdays cameras

A Muntjac surrounded by wild birds all getting ready to start mating and then nesting

8th March 2016
The badgers emergence is slowly getting later now around 7.10 pm
The wild birds behaviour is changing as the 3 inches of snow that fell on Saturday night thawed letting spring arrive

The Fieldfare (triple click to get the enlarged image)


The very early Pheasant

2016 Notes

07 March 2016
A well scarred badger first to the rewards and from the furthest sett away from our badger hides

05 March 2016
3 inches of snow overnight!
A snowy badger

04 March 2016
A pair of partridges inspecting an exceptional badger sett entrance here, they spent 2 hours doing the inspection

The badger emergence is around 6-6.30 pm
I have seen 4 badgers out at the same sett entrance at 6.30pm (see video)just before the rain started last evening.
The weather has turned warmer with blustery showers.
I am pleased to say that I am having to refill my five wild bird feeders every day!!

The greater spotted wood pecker is drumming on the trees every morning!!(in between visits to the peanut feeder)