I haven’t had my night camera in use for a few nights. However I had guessed by the food distribution at my hedgehog feeding station that we have had less hedgehog visits recently. I am also guessing that the landscaping work that my neighbour is still having done perhaps has altered the route they have taken to my garden.
During the day the blackbirds have been seen dashing into the feeding station and running away with the sultanas or peanuts. However, late this evening I was out feeding the guinea pigs and as I walked back and forth I glanced across at the feeding station. Was there something in it? With my own shadow it was hard to tell.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.
I took a closer look and found a small hedgehog was inside – but the dish was empty. Oops… I ran inside quickly for some dried fruit and gently threw it inside. The hedgehog didn’t move. I lifted the box up and the hedgehog still didn’t move. I guess I startled it as it stayed so still. I went for my gloves and lifted it up. It moved a little and I could see its tiny snout nose. I was concerned that it would run away once I went inside and not take any of the food I put out. I decided to put it on the path outside the entrance to my hedgehog house. It quickly ran in. I quickly ran inside my house for more dried fruit and peanuts and scattered them along the path outside the entrance.
The night camera just had to be set up now to see what happened next! As I was checking I had an okay picture, with all outside lights on, I spotted the hedgehog come out of the house and start eating the food I put out. Poor little thing must have been hungry! I ran inside switching the outside lights off so it could eat in peace and watched the images from my camera. It ate for some time before eventually walking off out into the night once again. I am so pleased I spotted it tonight and was able to see it get some food.
Perhaps this hedgehog will return here for food during the night – if not I am sure the blackbirds will find this food tomorrow morning! How nice to see this hardy little hedgehog still out and about visiting my garden.
Finally, tomorrow I would like to capture some more bird photos from my garden. I do believe I have three juvenile dunnocks running around. They are quite funny to watch following each other round and round the plants looking for food. How wonderful to see the first of the juvenile birds visiting my garden for this year. Now, all we need next is for the female blue tit to complete her nest in my camera nestbox.
The video above was taken in my garden on April 24th 2008.