It has been a while since I have spent time with the Badgers. A mixture of spending a lot of time at school being part of the tech team on the school play and it still getting dark early in the evenings meant I haven’t had much opportunity.
We have been down and checked on the sett a few times but there isn’t much activity. The Badgers have occasionally been up to our garden but mostly they are not very active over the winter.
We put the trail camera down a few times and it didn’t film any Badgers at all so I was beginning to get worried about them.
We tried one more time with the trail camera and luckily over one night every badger from the sett passed by the camera. (over 100 clips in all). It took a while to work out who was who.
I have put together a film that shows all of them at least once.
First to be recognised was one of the twins, their tails seem to come from very high on their back and they are very bushy.
Next is Smee, the badger with the damaged right eye.
Of the two badgers together, Stick is in the background with one of the twins at the front.
The one with the mark on her head at 58 seconds is Arrow who had cubs this year. Then Smee back again.
At 1 min 15 seconds Bog scent marks, this badger scent marks a lot. Followed by Small at 1 min 17 sec, who sniffs the air.
The last Badger to appear is Pirate whose left eye doesn’t reflect in the trail camera infrared light. He/she looks very well fed for winter.
I’m so glad that each one seems to be healthy.
Just as dawn breaks, you can hear a Buzzard cry and a fox dashes across the camera.
My next idea is to spend sometime checking to make sure the cubs over at the nursery sett have survived the winter so far.