It has been ages since I did an update on the foxes and badgers, so last night I set up the front garden infra-red camera and captured some film overnight. I’m pleased to report that everyone seems to be fit and healthy!
One of the foxes from last night
First we have the foxes. There were at least two in the garden. Both looked very fit (no mange) and have put on quite a bit of weight over the summer. I’ve been trying to ID them and I think they must be the two youngsters from last year.
They kept tripping the security light as they ran up and down the drive, so the following footage (which is about 3 mins long) is mainly in a strange infra-red colour. The first fox definately has a larger brush (tail) than the fox in the second half, but they are very similar. I’ve no idea if they are males or females… but gut feeling is that they are both female. I’ve just realised I’ve got “spooky” foxes that evaporate into thin air mid-scene! Woooo!
I did sprinkle a few peanuts (not salted!) and raisins out for them, which is why they are sticking in this area. At one point in the film one of them actually lies down! Now I know foxes love to sit down while eating, but lying down? that is just down right lazy!
Now to the badgers. Well that isn’t quite accurate it’s just “one” badger. I’m not sure if it’s the same one from earlier in the year. Somehow it looks slightly smaller and longer legged but that might just be the angle of the camera.
I have only caught about 10 seconds of footage over two nights (as by the time the badger visits at about 1am all the nuts/raisins have been eaten by the greedy foxes!). So it’s just a quick walk-through and gone.
I wish I knew what sett the badger is coming from. One sett is across a busy road the other is at the bottom of my road (with no roads to cross). In such an urban area traffic is a problem that badgers (and foxes) face on a nightly basis.
All I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope they have become extremely traffic-savy.
Hope you enjoyed the update… more to follow in the next couple of weeks.