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Post by freebird 8th April 2019, 7:34 pm

Not here, but lucky enough to watch a barn owl hunting where we stay in Norfolk. No hedgehogs here. Best sightings have been (many years ago), skylarks on our lawn, presumably looking for food after weeks of snow, and last summer, a buzzard.

With the rate that red kites are spreading, I wouldn't be surprised if one turned up in the next few years. If we buy the property that we hope to, red kites will be daily visitors.

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Post by Dandelion 8th April 2019, 7:35 pm

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With the rate that red kites are spreading, I wouldn't be surprised if one turned up in the next few years. If we buy the property that we hope to, red kites will be daily visitors.

How lovely!

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Post by Chilli-head 29th July 2019, 9:30 pm

Sounds of amorous hedgehogs in the garden last night. A bit late in the season - I worry if there are any hoglets, they may not have time to gain enough weight before winter Crying or Very sad
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Post by Dandelion 3rd August 2019, 3:47 pm

I don't often get excited by poo (!!) but this morning in the back garden I found hedgehog droppings. We saw a hedgehog trotting across the road when we moved in 17 years ago, but there haven't been any sightings since.

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Post by Ploshkin 3rd August 2019, 3:54 pm

That's promising Dandelion. I've been perturbed not to find any hedgehogs in the lorry inspection pit this year - I check it every morning. There are usually a few during the summer months. I think hedgehogs, like other hibernators, May have had a hard time coming out during the warm weather in February when there was no food for them. They also have a hard time when it is very dry and the ground is hard, as it's been last year and this. They can't dig and they injure their snouts.
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Post by Dandelion 3rd August 2019, 7:21 pm

That's so sad

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Post by Chilli-head 7th September 2019, 9:37 pm

Another hedgehog sighting last night, out on the pavement up the road. We've seen one a few times this year, much better than many years when there has been no sign. I hope this is good news for the hoggie population.
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Post by Ploshkin 8th September 2019, 10:41 am

I found an adult hedgehog in the lorry pit yesterday, it was a bit black and oily.  I put it in a cat basket filled with shavings and in a little chicken run with some water and cat food and put a cover over the top.  When it got dark I just opened the chicken run and about an hour later I could see it had gone having drunk some water (or paddled in it) and had some food.
Sadly, in the past couple of weeks my neighbour and I have each found a very poorly baby hedgehog (6 - 8 weeks old at a guess) in the green lane behind her house.  The one I found was lying on its back, had a puncture wound and was hypothermic.  I did what I could for it but it died a few hours later.  The other one didn't make it either.  I think the nest must have been found by a fox or badger.  I hope they had some luckier siblings.
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Post by Chilli-head 8th February 2020, 12:34 pm

My plans for the day have been changed rather by the discovery of this chap in the middle of the lawn this morning.
Shouldn't be out, definitely not in daylight in such an exposed location. Alive warm and snoozing now, just taking him/her for a check up !
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Post by Chilli-head 8th February 2020, 8:02 pm

Fingers crossed for the little guy, the hedgehog rescue didn't seem all that optimistic Sad
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Post by Dandelion 8th February 2020, 9:28 pm

Oh no - was it too young and underweight?

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Post by Chilli-head 8th February 2020, 10:23 pm

Not particularly small, but maybe disturbed, woken by high temperatures or something. Dehydrated and skinny, possibly been awake and looking for food for a week.
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Post by FloBear 9th February 2020, 8:47 am

Oh dear. I guess at least he's in with a chance now.
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Post by Chilli-head 9th February 2020, 1:14 pm

Sadly he didn't make it Sad
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Post by FloBear 9th February 2020, 7:03 pm

What a shame, poor little hoggy.
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Post by Dandelion 10th February 2020, 9:55 pm

Very sad xxx

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Post by Dandelion 6th May 2020, 4:06 pm

I was looking out of the kitchen window yesterday while washing up, and saw a very unwelcome visitor - a large sleek rat, which was helping itself to chicken feed while the chicken was looking the other way. I can't remember if I mentioned that we had to have one of our two hens put down last week: the one we lost was the aggressive bossy one, and the remaining one Dot is very friendly, but not at all an alpha female! So this morning Mr D and I went down the garden (having closed all doors to the house and having debated tying string round the bottoms of our trouser legs to prevent rats running in the wrong direction!) and had a good tidy up. We didn't find any rat nests (whew), just a lot of holes under the fence, so they are coming in from elsewhere. We have pushed bricks into the gaps. But what we did find when tidying up under our large conifer was a hedgehog nest with a very sleepy occupant! We put everything back and hope we haven't disturbed him or her. The nest looked very cosy, made from a mixture of leaves and chicken feathers, and what interested me was that the hedgehog has a little 'bathroom' in a different area from the sleeping section - very clean and organised!

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Post by freebird 6th May 2020, 4:46 pm

Aww bless.
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Post by Ploshkin 7th May 2020, 7:43 pm

Hopefully its a pregnant hedgehog Dandelion and you will soon have the rustle of tiny prickles.
I was pleased to see and hear the swallows back on the yard this week and hear the cuckoo last week. Both are very welcome visitors every year and it would be extremely sad if they didn't appear.
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Post by freebird 7th May 2020, 10:02 pm

And the swifts arrived back here yesterday - a week or so earlier than they used to turn up in London.
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Post by Dandelion 7th May 2020, 10:19 pm

Nothing in the swift or swallow department here yet - looking forward to that, and knowing that summer is really on the way. It sounds as if we're going to have a mini winter for two days over Sunday and Monday though Shocked

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Post by Chilli-head 1st June 2020, 11:06 pm

I went down to close the greenhouse just now, and heard immistakable snuffling sounds. Following the sounds I found two hoggies in the undergrowth Very Happy I've left them in peace now.
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Post by Dandelion 2nd June 2020, 9:28 pm

Wonderful!

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Post by freebird 4th June 2020, 5:35 pm

A Lesser Redpoll picking up fallen seeds under the bird feeders. A first for the garden and for me.
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Post by Dandelion 10th June 2020, 5:07 pm

Having composted all my broad bean plants, badly stricken with blackfly, I was amazed today when I went to the compost bin to see it literally swarming with ladybird larvae, crawling all over the bin. I've never seen such a lot. So presumably it's going to be a good year for them. Thanks guys, but just a little too late to save my plants...!!! Rolling Eyes

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Post by Ploshkin 10th June 2020, 7:24 pm

The last time I saw ladybirds in any numbers was about 15 years ago when we had an infestation on one of our fields. There were tens of thousands and they (or their larvae) completely wrecked the grass which had been shut out for silage.
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