At the Speyside Wildlife Evening Hide in the Cairngorms, the action has kept going. The Badgers have kept coming in every day like clockwork. The cubs are still coming in, foraging around in their distinctive, boisterous way. They’re delightful to watch but they’ve yet to learn the etiquettes of being a Badger. More than once they’ve been seen pushing the adults out of the way to get at the same patch of peanut butter on the logs. Even when the adults move on to another one, the cubs butt in just as quickly.
Most of the adults take it well but others are less patient. One of our more junior members is more prone to losing his temper and has given them telling offs through growling and snapping.
There are still Wood Mice and Bank Voles to be seen, scurrying furtively in search of peanuts. There have been sightings of Red Deer in the field below the hide.
There are still birds to see such as Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Chaffinches, Siskins, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Common Pheasants have been appearing too, mostly females, that’s something new this year.
There have also been increasing sightings of Red Squirrels during the evenings. Earlier in the year they’d only come during the day, but that’s changed. The Red Squirrels show off their agility to the guests, but as soon as they see a Badger coming they flee. It doesn’t matter that they are high up out of reach, their genetic fear of Badgers is strong enough to make them want to run away just at the sight of them.
If you would like to attend our evening hide please go to: https://www.speysidewildlife.co.uk/Holidays.aspx?location=evening