After last night's badger-related excitement, tonight we were prepared. Turned the dining room and back bedroom lights on - to illuminate the garden - and stood in the dark kitchen, waiting.
At around 10.40 pm I saw movement in the darkness and a Badger squeezed under the fence and strolled calmly up to the area I'd baited with a few sunflower seeds (since we guessed that's what it had been eating before).
It spent the next two hours feeding in the garden.
The Badger must have been doing this for a while. It looked as cool as a cucumber. It snuffled around, apparently oblivious to our presence in the house. It spent most of its time lying down, stretched out like a dog as it fed among the clover, totally chilled-out.
A few times it had to stand up to scratch itself, and once it did that thing like they do on Springwatch, where they lie on their backs and scratch their tummies. It didn't fall off any logs as we haven't installed any yet.
I'm pretty sure it must have polished off all the seeds I'd put out. Inspection this morning showed it hadn't been digging. So I did a bit of research and it looks likely to have been eating earthworms from the surface.
I can't be staying up til 1 am every night, though...
While researching Badger eating habits, I found the Badger Trust website, and this very-cute-but-also-rather-surreal video. Who could resist them? Enjoy.
photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM