I had no sooner put out the food for the Hedgehogs just before 9.30 p.m. when the first visitor arrived. It was an adult by itself.
It spent about five minutes hoovering up unsalted peanuts and dried mealworms, had a drink, disappeared for a minute and then it (or another adult) appeared again for a while.
There was a while with no visitors. About 10.15 p.m. I went to the conservatory to check for signs of hogs before letting Bobby out. To my surprise there was a baby and an older Hedgehog. This baby looked smaller to me than the one I saw the other night. Also the older one looked smaller than the one which had been bulldozing its youngster.
Last night the larger one spent a lot of time rushing backwards and forwards. Every so often it would go to the youngster, sniff it and try pushing it around. This went on for nearly three quarters of an hour. The actions were less aggressive that that seen in the past. It was almost as though the adult was trying to get the baby to get a move on but either it didn't understand or it was just plain stubborn.
It is hard to convey in words just how much effort the adult was making, rushing backwards and forwards, pushing and shoving for three quarters of an hour while I was watching. In the end it managed to shove the baby off the paved area and on to the grass.
By that time it was 11 p.m. and I was ready for bed. I banged on the door to try to get them to move away. Bobby barked at them but they took absolutely no notice until I let Bobby out. The older one ran away and Bobby had a quick sniff at the youngster. It was still on the grass when I went to bed but I assume baby was eventually persuaded to do as it was told.
Some pictures of the baby.
To give an idea of size - the baby is the same height as the wood behind it - three inches.
Adult and baby together.
The adult even took time out to have a drink of water.
Earlier in the evening I managed a few photos of the spiders building their webs over the pond.
Tetragnatha extensa - the Common Stretch Spider. Identified for me by Rambling Rob.
I had to put the ISO right up to 3200 to get any semblance of fastish shutter speed. Why I didn't change to a flash setting I have no idea - another of those too frequent 'senior moments' probably.