About three months ago, I spotted a magpie with a broken wing running around the front garden. After seeing hundreds of birds with similar injuries, I suspected that, even if I could catch this bird, it would only be euthanized by a vet. So, to be honest, I was quite relieved that I couldn’t catch it.
I’ve been leaving food and water out for it and have been utterly astonished by how well it’s getting around. It’s like the roadrunner, it runs, jumps and hops, it climbs trees and glides down from them, it’s strong and fast, and now even has a mate who protects it from the many cats that hang around the garden.
As I was watching numerous videos from the wildlife camera of the magpie, it suddenly dawned on me that I could end up witnessing a cat killing it. How awful that would be. Thankfully it’s wild and wary and seems to have adapted to its disability brilliantly.
As well as attracting endless cats, the front garden seems to be hedgehog heaven. Here, Curly is completely ignoring a hog, he also ignores the magpie, but spends his life chasing invading cats away.
There are two hogs in this shot, what ever happened to them being solitary creatures? Night after night they appear together.
This hog is riddled with ticks, how I wish I could nip out and catch it. I’m working on hubs at the moment, trying to get him to bring it in, so I can remove all the ticks.
He’s stubbornly refusing!
I have also spotted a very small hog out there, I need to check its weight, to make sure it’s heavy enough to hibernate. Hubs is prepared to bring that one in, if he can find it. He’ll just have to go out every hour…..
Sighs…..a wildlife camera can be a dangerous thing!