We are still getting regular visits from the hedgehogs, using my camera I can keep an eye on them. There appears to be movement throughout the night until just before dawn and by that time all the food is gone. It is very difficult to identify the different ones when they come in separately, we can see the size difference when more than one comes in. I think the three in the video below are females and then we have some males pass through in the night. It is so exciting to be able to see what they are up to at night.

I wasn’t out one evening hoping to see the Barn Owl hunting but there were too many people about and all I saw were four Jays that seem to live near Bere Marsh. I would thinks they are a family of mum, dad and this year’s fledglings, very difficult to photograph but I spotted one in a tree and took a snap.

Jay
Jay

We have seen plenty of nesting action in our garden this season with Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Blackbirds nesting very close. Also Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Blue Tits nesting close by. The parents are relaxing a bit now the season is over and moulting so they tend to keep in the undergrowth.

Many of the birds are looking very scruffy including the Blackbird below. He is very distinctive with the baldness around his eye. He wasn’t nesting in our garden but sneaked in for food when he had a chance. I think he may have been responsible for two or more broods as he has been very busy. So glad he has survived so far, he is very cheeky and is quite used to us now.

Mr Tatty
Mr Tatty

Mr Tatty 2
Mr Tatty 2

We have what I call the terrible triplets which are three Blackbird fledglings that live in our garden, they are into everything and need rescuing from the greenhouse, the Blueberry net at frequent intervals and they scratch out my borders onto the lawn. I put down mealworms for them through the day and they are quite happy to come on the patio while Kim is out there and also we can sit and watch them from the conservatory. Soon they will have their adult feathers and we won’t be able to distinguish them from the rest but we can enjoy them now even though they are little pains.

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