Ready… is this Blue tit finally ready and willing to lay eggs in our Arch Nestbox? This morning she didn’t seem sure if it should go in the Nestbox or not. I wonder if she ever made a nest before. I’m not sure she has the timing right for building a nest this year. I do beleive it is on the late side. Anyway, this morning she spent ages looking around with material in her mouth. She was first noticed on the obelisk in the border behind my small pond.
Nope… she didn’t go in the direction of the nestbox. Up she flew to a tall branch of my bamboo beside the feeders. She swayed up there a little while considering her next move.
Next she flew down to an almost hidden branch on my small Pine tree that has a peanut feeder on it. She hid there a while, still not dropping any material. I then began to wonder if she might go into our Camera Nestbox… no such luck.
Finally after hanging on the entrance of the Arch Nestbox a while she went inside. Sometimes after an egg is laid the female will go and collect some soft material to cover the egg. Perhaps this is what she was doing this morning. We never saw her about after this. Fingers crossed she may have eggs.
Steady… was the night camera on the tripod in my garden tonight. It was set to capture any night activity in this area tonight. My Friday posting showing the popularity of this waterhole (shallow plastic plant saucer with water and a few pebbles and rocks at the edges) with my visiting birds which can be seen here if you missed it. Tonight, I have been watching for another visitor that I never considered would also pop by for a drink here. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise really.
Last night, I spotted a small hedgehog about to explore the rock face above my pond when I went outside to get some grass for our young guinea pigs (4wks old now) before I went to bed. What a surprise it was to see it on the rocks. It was taking it steady… meanwhile I ran quickly in for my camera. By the time I returned I found that it had found the waterhole saucer! You can see it is a young Hedgehog by its size. What a little beauty it was!
The young Hedgehog scuttled off into the foliage of this border. I stood very still and watched it (the outside light lit the border a little) as it made its way about. It was a windless night so the foliage of the plants had been still so it was easy to watch where the hedgehog was going as the leaves moved around it. It was funny to see.
Eventually, it made its way back up the other side of the rocks towards the waterhole again. Unfortunately, only being 9.30pm, my daughter knocked at the back door to ask me something and the little hog ran off again. I didn’t see where it went but decided to leave it in peace anyway. I was thrilled with my sighting and hoped the photos would come out okay. I was thrilled with them and to be able to share them here. I’m looking forward to seeing many more hedgehog visits this year.
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.
Go… tonight we hit the button for a change that I have wanted to make to my blog for ages. November had been my target (heading into year three of my blog) but the timing wasn’t right then to work on it. I am absolutely thrilled this is a ‘Go’ now and can’t thank my husband enough for working on this with me. I needed him for the real tech stuff! Poor man had much copying and pasting to do from my lists. I made new searches and found new links too.
Many of the blog links now in my new drop down menus were already listed in my sidebar but I suspect they weren’t used that much as the listing was quite long. I have removed them completely form the sidebar in the hope that this will also speed up the load time of my blog. I am also just showing a couple of postings at a time to help with this too. To browse older posings you’ll find them in the Archives.
I would really appreciate any feedback on the new link menus especially if you have problems. I am thrilled to get it working and hope you will find it useful as I know I will. Oh… I’ll probably want to tweak them a little yet but sh… don’t tell my husband. We’ll let it run for the moment to try it out so please do tell me what you think..
The photos of the Blue tit female were taken on May 10th 2009. The photos of the Hedgehog were taken on May 9th 2009.