Who says badgers don’t like the wet?

As you can see from the video shot earlier this week it takes a lot to put our big boy badger off his peanut butter sandwiches and peanuts!

The badgers coming for long feasts during the night; sometimes he is here for 9.20pm and has been seen at 4.50am!

The fox is still coming too. She waits until the badger has gone for a wander before moving in for the leftovers! When I check the camera we get the badger, then the fox then the badger again!

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Among the birds we are seeing are lots of goldfinch, blue, great and coal tits, bullfinch (including lots of juvenile birds), a nuthatch, and lots of greenfinch.  A recent decline in the numbers of British greenfinch has been linked to an outbreak of trichomonosis, a parasite-induced disease which prevents the birds from feeding properly. We did notice a decline earlier in the year but now we are seeing record numbers, sometimes as many as eight or nine at a time!  The long tail tits are coming more frequently in their raiding parties- one minute they are here, the next they’ve gone on to another feeding station.

The great greenfinch/goldfinch tea party!
I think there is a bullfinch hiding in there somewhere!

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