Thursday, April 26, 2012

Badger cubs!

First thing this morning I collected the SD card from the Trailcam and watched the footage with growing fascination. The pipe is a piece of drainpipe that I have put down to attract Stoats & Weasels. There is an egg at the bottom of it. It's interesting to see what happens with the various visitors.

I was quite excited to find three Badgers spending time in front of the camera at 12.30am. The one seems particularly interested in the pipe. They are really lively and I thought that they must be cubs, but they seem very well-grown for this time of year to me, though a little 'dumpy'! I'd be interested to know what other people think. [David Barnes has since suggested that it is a mother with 2 cubs - this seems to make sense to me]

There were two Wood Mice. This one actually explores the pipe. This is followed by a great clip of a Wood Mouse flying down the sapling on the left. It demonstrates just what agile climbers they are and how happy they are to spend time exploring the upper part of the hedgerow as well as the hedgerow bottom.

This fox turned up just before 8.30am. I'm surprised that it doesn't seem to be able to pick up the egg in the pipe with its excellent sense of smell. It certainly doesn't seem that interested.

I'm building up quite a bird list, too. Between putting the new SD card in yesterday morning and bringing it home it had filmed Pheasant, Jay, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock & Song Thrush!


  1. Great stuff Stephen. I think at least 1 maybe 2 cubs and an adult for the Badgers. I would say the Fox does look interested, just that it can't work out where the egg is.

  2. Getting more and more exciting. I do love the shining eyes of the mice.

  3. Wonderful pics from the trailcam steve, rivetting stuff, better than watching TV!!