A 'small' mammalian visitor in the evening......
After several nights absence in the Martham garden (either by sight or put-out food consumed), a Hedgehog visited the garden, early in the evening (18th).
This was certainly a different individual to any seen before and worryingly this was a very small hedgehog and certainly one, which if it hibernated was not going to wake up again!
The small hedgehog was seen on several occasions in the garden, during the evening, feeding on hedgehog biscuits, purchased from the Hedgehog Preservation Society www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk and on dog food, as well as drinking from one of the water bowls on several occasions, which it had to stretch up to, in order to acquire water!
Daytime return of the mammalian garden visitor......
The following day (19th), on looking out of the kitchen window, the ‘small’ Hedgehog was seen drinking and feeding during the afternoon. Its small size and the fact that it was out during the day meant that this hedgehog required help.
Using a soft netted dipping net, it was easily captured by simply laying the net over it and picking it up and placing it into a suitable container. After giving the hedgehog some food and water, the Hedgehog Preservation Society was contacted, followed by a telephone call to the nearby Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue at Hemsby.
Although I could have cared for it myself, until it was ready for release again during the following spring, experience and the ultimate welfare of the animal takes precedent and as Foxy Lodge said they had a place for it, the hedgehog was taken to Hemsby.
Whilst there, I was told that the hog also had mange and that several of these small individuals had been arriving at the rescue centre, recently.
It is very important to support these organisations that look after wildlife and a donation will be sent to Foxy Lodge, to help with the hog’s care until it returns to my Martham garden next spring.
Hedgehog daytime return
Breezy and dull but notable sightings......
A somewhat ‘breezy’ day with overcast conditions nevertheless saw Jason Nichols and me indulge in a trip along the North Norfolk coast (29th).
The first sightings of note were 6 Marsh Harriers in the area around Beach Road, Cley and a Peregrine over the scrapes, causing consternation amongst the other birdlife present.
From the coastguards, a raft of approximately 60 Common Scoter also had 8 Velvet Scoters for company and Red-throated Diver, Teal and an Auk sp. were also seen. At least 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the area and a similar number of Pink-footed Geese were seen in skeins in the distance and around 700 Golden Plover were also present, along with a Curlew searching for food on the Eye Field.
A male Kestrel perched in a tree at Morston was very picturesque, despite the dull conditions, but there was very little of note at Morston Quay, Blakeney Harbour or Wells Quay.
15 Grey Partridges were good to see from Lady Ann’s Drive, Holkham; two coveys of 9 and 6 keeping down in the strong wind and avoiding attention from a Marsh Harrier hunting over the fields.
A Red Kite was hunting over a field, just past the mill at Burnham Overy and more Pink-footed Geese were seen in skeins and on fields.
A stop at Brancaster Staithe, where there was a high tide, found Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstones, Oystercatchers, Lapwings and Common Redshanks present, all very flighty as were most of the avian species encountered during the day.