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The digging critter is back!

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I don’t know if it is trying to get at the StinkHorn funghus that keeps popping up all over the raised bed, but it really had a good go at the wood.

There was a heap of bark on the grass….some pieces about a foot long!! and lots of smaller bits too. I picked them all up before taking the pics. Should have left them to show you really.

There is quite a deep hole, but I put the hose down and it turned out to be not very deep at all…not a burrow I would say, which is what I first thought..but definitely not my dog. Theres no way she could get this deep.

Rachel has been woken by ‘sounds’ but she’s too frightened to look out of her window in case its an intruder. I think I may have to get a wildlife camera!! It’s really puzzling me!

Its been dug from two places…from the front and from the side..most of the bark on the floor at the front hole. To me it definitely looks like something has been trying to get at something. There is a stinkhorn on the other side of the raised bed and no sign of anything paying any attention to it at all….strange.

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Hi Karen, I think I would put that damage down to badger or fox, trying to get at some sort of insect, food is probably getting a bit sparse at this time of year, and they have to change their diet to whatever they can get, Derek.

9 Sep, 2014

 

I think Derek could be correct, have you any pointy holes dug in the garden, if so that would be a badger, what do the dogs make of it?

9 Sep, 2014

 

Surprisingly disinterested Angie. No Badgers around here. We did think maybe a fox in the spring.

9 Sep, 2014

 

Fox poo here, some around the plum tree......have you seen any, like small dog poo......
foxes eat insects and worms, any lying fruit ......anything they can get really.
don't think its rabbits they dig for the roots

10 Sep, 2014

 

The foxes are back here too, they've been quite for a while, they do make some pretty scary noises at night blood curdling!!! lol :-), I remember googling fox noises on utube when I first heard ours and sure enough :-)

10 Sep, 2014

 

I am with fox - they are not easy to keep out can jump/climb six foot high fences and will find your hedge no problem to climb. You will have to have a camera. We got brilliant pictures on ours from our visiting fox. They are very very clever creatures.

10 Sep, 2014

 

That IS a badger. The noise it makes at night sounds like ghostly screams from hell that make you want to do anything BUT look out the window. The key to it for me is how it tore into that wood and the size (width) of the hole.

10 Sep, 2014

 

I've never heard badger screams loosestrife but the foxes are pretty damn scary ;-) my OH was on night shift the first time I heard them thought we'd got some banshee in the garden!! over active imagibation I think or to many late night horror films lol , so if a badgers are worse I'd be under the covers hiding!!!!

10 Sep, 2014

 

Right...there's only one way to settle this.....camera!

10 Sep, 2014

 

lol knew you would not resist for much longer :o) lol

10 Sep, 2014

 

Are your badgers like british badgers Loosetrife?

10 Sep, 2014

 

If it's a Badger, I will be absolutely amazed......They did a survey of our area a few years ago and found 3 setts in the whole of Angus....and it's a big county with huge variety of landscape from Glens to Coast. Plenty of Foxes though.

10 Sep, 2014

 

I think you should set up a tent and camera for Rachel she'd love it ;-)

10 Sep, 2014

 

Yes a camera is needed K.....quite exciting really, the foxes are certainly back in our garden I can smell the stinky little critters!!

10 Sep, 2014

 

My dogs would go mental Karen but I'm afraid I would react like your Rachel and hide under the covers, lol.....

10 Sep, 2014

 

One of the best surveys around is road kill. Badgers have improved the drainage underneath my shed but made a mess out of the bottom of my shed door one night when I made the mistake of leaving a bucket of peanut suet in it. That's interesting! How does a Badger know that it's British?

10 Sep, 2014

 

Of course 😉

I wondered about variations, certainly up and down our small island and the islands around there are small variations in the wildlife, and 'across the pond' well ......?
a small example is the Robin, yours in the States I think belong to the thrush family but look similar to the ones here?

11 Sep, 2014

 

I knew what you meant Pam! ;)

11 Sep, 2014

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