Day 16 – Early evening walk and badgers

It’s Friday, the last day of Springwatch Unsprung and a must because the brilliant Dara, fellow blogger and wildlife enthusiast is on.

Make sure you check out his blog here

By 7.30pm the air was slightly cooler and with no school tomorrow I had no time limit to restrict how long we spent out walking.

The Scarlet Tiger moths were fluttering around the tree tops again, unfortunately a few lay dead in the road.

As we entered the field the rabbits on the field edge disappeared one by one to the safety of their burrows.

The Kestrel was getting one last feed in before darkness fell and his hunting territory was taken by the barn owl.

We had a quick look in the wood for glow worms, in the place we spotted them last year, but no luck.

The air was alive with the sound of birds singing their final songs for the evening, and I caught a glimpse of a fox cub as it dashed through the bracken.

We checked on the stream, that is such a vital part of the wood for a lot of the mammals. After the past few days of hot, dry weather the benefits of the heavy rain a couple of weeks ago have nearly all gone.



Juvenile Goldfinch



Suddenly there was the sound of Badgers scuffling, crashing brambles and someone was being told off. We couldn’t quite make out which Badgers were having a disagreement until firstly Bog came out from under the bramble patch followed by Stick.

Stick was normally seen with Small until she died and recently the badgers have been quite unsettled and elusive, but Stick and Bog seemed to have sorted out their differences.

Sorry the film is so dark.



About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Day 16 – Early evening walk and badgers

  1. Such a gift to be able to see the badgers on your video. My husband and I both enjoyed. Big thank you from us here in New Zealand.


  2. New Moons For Old says:

    Chance encounters are often the best.

    Liked by 1 person

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