Sheep can sometimes be a little bit annoying and so I have decided to move the Badger Cam.
Just like any other animal they quickly learned where to find the food (but you eat grass!) When I picked the camera up today I had sixty sheep videos before dark and another forty in the morning. Amazingly I also had forty Fox/Badger videos from the night. Watching these sheep eating my bait for two hours before nightfall it is hard to believe that there was anything left for the wild animals.
I have condensed my one hundred videos into three short clips. You don’t have to watch them but you will understand sheep better if you do.
Little Darlings. This next one is getting over familiar with my camera.
They do give the impression that they might be smarter than badgers, perhaps they are just more curious, less cautious.
So I am going to leave those Badgers alone for a bit and go and look at something else. Fizz and I went out for a walk yesterday and we found an amazing nest,
Starting from the beginning, it was an overcast day and we decided to go and look at the main sett. We haven’t been up there for some time because the path became seriously overgrown in the summer and it was unpleasant to try and beat a path up there, It has died back a bit now.
This is what it looks like today, it is still quite difficult to pass in places. There are parts where I have to carry Fizz because she can’t get over the thistles and brambles.
It is not the growth that is the real problem, it is the insects that swarm and buzz around us. After a time of swatting when they are really close and getting them out of my hair and off the inside of my glasses it begins to feel like a war zone.
So forging through brush that we haven’t seen for a while the first thing that we noticed were large areas that had been flattened.
Big animals have been resting here or hiding out. Wild Boar or Deer perhaps. I don’t suppose that any people have been up this track for quite a while. This isn’t a pleasant country stroll, you would have to have a reason to walk this path. Perfect for wild animals.
We checked out the Badger sett and everything seemed fine here, plenty of signs of activity.
Then about fifty yards beyond the Badger sett we came across this nest.
What sort of an animal makes a nest like this?
A Mountain Gorilla maybe or an Emu? We don’t get a lot of them around here. I really don’t know and so if anybody does then please tell me.
My stick is about three and a half feet long, I just put it there to get an idea of scale. I could not see any fur, feather or eggshell or anything like that but I didn’t want to mess around and leave scent there in case it is still in use.
Some effort has gone into making this nest. The straw has been brought here from nearby farmland, there is no material like this naturally here.
The nest is out in the open and offers zero protection from Fox or Badger of which there are a lot around here, so it is not for raising young.
So guess where the camera is. It is watching the nest plus also watching the track to see what might walk past.
I think that this is a day nest of a Wild Boar. They do make nests to lie up in, especially at this time of year but I have never seen them do anything like this.
Here is another of life’s little mysteries.
We know that it is a Fox it’s all the other animals that we can’t identify. This video was from early evening, the clock was not set on the camera just ignore that. The picture is so bright because it is still daylight and the infra red has kicked in.
Finally a last look at my own wild animals. There still was food for them after all that sheepishness.