We recently purchased a trail camera so that we could find out for sure what wildlife was visiting our garden at night, and the videos that we have got made me thing that maybe it’s time to write and tell you about it, and to create a new Wildlife category on our site.
Even though we life in the city, well on the outskirts of a city, it really is amazing just how many different creatures we share our garden with.
We knew that as well as the many types of wild birds that come to our feeders, that we had foxes, but in the last few months something began digging in a flower bed in such a way that we were convinced that it was a Badger. However, because of the location and the fact that this occurred at night, we had no actual proof.
With a big birthday coming up for me, and my having no idea what to ask for a present, we both decided that it might be a good idea to get a wildlife camera so that we could solve the mystery of the night time digger once and for all.
We did some research on trail cameras, and finding one that we liked, and which was also in our price range, we made our purchase, and Amazon delivered it in 2 days.
Eager to put the camera to use, we strapped it to the drainpipe at one corner of the house, went to bed and eagerly waited to see what we had captured.
Well I half expected to have set the camera up wrong, but to my surprise there were a number of photographs and videos on the memory card, and we not only caught the neighbour’s cats pooping in the garden, we caught a Fox and also a Badger.
We had seen foxes in the front and back garden numerous times before, they are always tripping the security lights, but we had never managed to photograph them before, so this video, the 3rd on the camera, had us almost jumping with joy.
But then, who should appear later that night, but our mystery visitor, who did indeed turn out to be a Badger!
Debbie had been leaving peanuts out for the Badger, but as you can see in the video above, not only were the peanuts too close to the camera, but the camera was set too high.
We did however get a better view of the Badger after he had finished feeding, and he wandered all along the flower bed, deciding which of the “many” holes he would use for his toilet.
These are the highlights of what our wildlife camera captured on the first night, so as you can tell we were really ecstatic over what the camera had achieved in just one night.
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Coming soon: More wildlife videos, and more information on our wildlife camera and tips for using one.