Sunday, 1 September 2013

Hedgehog Visitor

A few days ago I moved the Hedgehog house to a position where I could connect up the camera. At the same time I changed the old B/W board camera for a small colour one which is designed for bird boxes. This one has white LEDs built in. The idea was to entice any Hedgehog into the house by scattering crushed peanuts inside in the hopes I would get some video of it. I wasn't sure whether the bright white light might be too strong for a nocturnal animal

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The first couple of nights I also scattered crushed peanuts outside as well as inside so the hog ate those and didn't venture in the house, not while I was monitoring anyway. Last night I forgot to put any outside and lo and behold hoggy ventured inside. Nothing like the lure of food to entice an animal where you want it to be.




If you are thinking of putting out some peanuts for Hedgehogs make sure you use unsalted ones. Those sold for bird food are ideal but will need to be broken or crushed in to smaller pieces. Also a small bowl of water would be appreciated by any passing hog. Not milk as their system cannot digest it and will make them very ill.


9 comments:

  1. Wow, this is impressive. It's strange it doesn't mind the light.
    I was reading something about deer and badgers a month or so ago and the photographer maintained that flash didn't frighten them.

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    1. I've found in the past that some hogs don't seem to mind flash photography. Maybe animals equate it with lightning Adrian.

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  2. I'm assuming that you chop up the peanuts as whole peanuts can cause choking, get stuck in the roof of their mouths or cause jaw damage to hedgehogs.

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    1. Oh yes Sue. I always crush each and every one.

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  3. This is fantastic... I think this will be something to consider setting up here one day :-)

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    1. Miranda: It's great to be able to watch wild animals from time to time.

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