Last night was the quietest we've had, hedgehog-wise, for quite some time. We only had three visitors into the garden, besides our regular residents, and even they deserted us.
Flatmate didn't show up at all, and he'd only spent an hour in 9a the previous night.
Alfie was in 9b for a lot of the evening, taking life very easy as usual - he doesn't even have to come all the way out of the nest box to feed, although if he wants a drink he does have to exert himself a little. We love the way he just flops down in the tunnel - just like Nightshift.
He went out of the garden later, and although we did see him in the garden again in the early hours, he didn't return to 9b.
Nightshift had spent the day in 9c, but went out quite early. We thought she had returned about 4:00 am, as we saw a heavily marked hedgehog going into 9c on the video, and we had someone in 9c during the day:
When the hedgie finally emerged from 9c this evening it wasn't Nightshift. It was quite a bit smaller. We wonder if it could be Alfie, but it doesn't quite look like Alfie, either!
9d had an awayday as well, so it was very quiet.
Even though it was very quiet, the visitors still managed to empty the mealworm bowl on the lawn. This bowl is completely empty most mornings, so yesterday we moved one of the cameras to cover it, and it was well worth it.
There were only three visitors into the garden, but there was plenty of action:
These are two clips from the same piece of activity. Now I've had time more playing with the video editing software, I've been able to include the whole sequence, speeded up four times. This video covers about 30 minutes.
By the time they'd finished the bowl was completely empty, so we are making sure we put plenty in tonight. At least we've confirmed it is the hedgehogs who are eating everything. If the bowl was emptied with only a few visitors, we realise it must have been empty very early on the evening when we had the normal complement of visitors. At least they had alternative locations in the garden to choose from.
Meanwhile, back at the front... Indy is still using both nest boxes - he alternates between them, and he seems quite happy there.
He also changes from one box to the other, without even coming out of the boiler room. Here, he stops for a rest half way.
So, we don't know where any of the regulars are, and even the visitors stayed away - looks like the hedgehogs were having a big party somewhere else last night...