Where have all the hedgehogs gone? We had another very quiet night last night.
The only visitor to stay during the day was again little Indy in 9f at the front. He spent the day in 9f (left) as we can see from this video of him emerging for his first meal of the night. We'd put some extra straw in the entrance in case he felt cold, and he gives it a good sniffing.
From this compilation of his appearances over the next couple of hours he can be seen using both 9f (left) and 9f (right), sometimes just transferring from one to the other. We are amazed at how quickly he worked out he had two nest boxes to choose from, and how he still seems to like using both.
We had a couple more "transients" and only Alfie of the regulars showed up. He came into the garden via the alley and the ATM and went into 9b for a snooze.
An hour or so later he got up, but changed his mind and went back for another nap.
Another hour later he got up, had a snack and went into 9c for another nap:
And another hour later he got up, had a longer meal
and then went up for a snack by 9a, before leaving the garden.
We had a couple of visits to the lawn feeder later on, one of whom was Alfie, and that was all. It looks as if the hedgehogs have started hibernating already - this seems to be earlier than last year, but we'll have to look back to see when it was. We're surprised that they have all moved out of the patio, since Nightshift was hibernating in 9b last year for about a month up to the cold snap we had in early December. She got up in the middle of the night on 10th December. We do hope they have all put on enough weight to get them through the winter, and that they have managed to find enough suitable nesting sites - we think there were at least 8 hedgehogs visiting the garden, so that must put nesting sites at a premium.
If we see any hedgehogs over the weekend we may try and weigh them to see how they are doing, just to make sure they are in with a good chance.