Early Spring Rain Draws Out Slugs, Dung Beetle and Fire Salamander

By looking at the calendar, one sees it’s the late April, so technically Spring. However the weather says it’s still Winter. It still freezes over night, and daytime temperatures barely hang above zero. Nevertheless, we just got an early spring rain and as I walked through the woods afterwards, I encountered previously familiar sights which … Continue reading “Early Spring Rain Draws Out Slugs, Dung Beetle and Fire Salamander”

Smiley Vixen – Fox Who Dug Den Beside Injured Badger Hole Finally Captured on Camera

The mystery of the newly dug den beside the sett of the injured badger, which had me scratching my head since I discovered it, has finally been solved. How It Started I have been going to the location of the Injured Badger’s sett for weeks, and filmed a number of episodes there. They became the … Continue reading “Smiley Vixen – Fox Who Dug Den Beside Injured Badger Hole Finally Captured on Camera”

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus Glandarius) – Shy Corvid Who Mimics Buzzards and Other Birds

When I was filming the video about the Scarlet Elf Cup, my narration for the video was interrupted a few times by a call of a Eurasian Jay mimicking a Buzzard. I made a video about Common Buzzards as well. They are the most wide spread bird of prey in my part of Europe. In … Continue reading “Eurasian Jay (Garrulus Glandarius) – Shy Corvid Who Mimics Buzzards and Other Birds”

Common Buzzards Return from Migration, Flying Overhead and Making Calls

Common Buzzards (Buteo Buteo) are a species of medium-sized raptors. They are the most abundant bird of prey in Europe. Even though Buzzards are year round residents in most of Europe, they disappeared from my woods last fall and there were no signs of them throughout the entire winter. Then as spring started to slowly … Continue reading “Common Buzzards Return from Migration, Flying Overhead and Making Calls”

Skittish Red Fox Returns to Injured Badger Hole and Briefly Enters It Again

Welcome back, foxy. Long time no see? Hardly any. It took you several trips to the Injured Badger’s Hole to finally pluck up the courage to stick your nose inside, but you bailed. You skittish fox, you… You stayed hesitant until some other fox carved new holes beside the injured badger’s sett to finally make … Continue reading “Skittish Red Fox Returns to Injured Badger Hole and Briefly Enters It Again”

Sett of Badger Pair Intruded Upon by Large Boar Looking to Mate with Sow

I have been monitoring the sett of the badger pair for many months. The sett is a long hike away – about 8 kilometers on foot, first up a hill, then across a sprawling ridge with fields on top, and then through a distant part of the forest. It’s a whole day undertaking to hike … Continue reading “Sett of Badger Pair Intruded Upon by Large Boar Looking to Mate with Sow”

Red Deer Stag (Cervus Elaphus) Takes Nap in Broad Daylight at Lower Scratchpost

Good things come in threes? Well, this was the second. So one more, then? Previously, a lone Red Deer female (Cervus Elaphus), known as a Hind, turned up at the lower scratchpost, scratched her head a little and then sniffed the trail camera I have set up there. This time around it was a lone … Continue reading “Red Deer Stag (Cervus Elaphus) Takes Nap in Broad Daylight at Lower Scratchpost”

Skittish Fox Finally Enters Injured Badger Sett, But Double Hole Mystery Remains Unsolved

The skittish fox who came to check out the injured badger’s sett several times, and one time was about to enter it, but skittish as he is, took off in the last moment, returned to the injured badger’s hole and finally entered the sett. This is the first animal entry into the sett of the … Continue reading “Skittish Fox Finally Enters Injured Badger Sett, But Double Hole Mystery Remains Unsolved”

Injured Razorback Matriarch Brings Her Boar Family to Upper Scratchpost

The family of razorback wild boars (Sus scrofa) lead by an injured matriarch recently showed up at the lower scratchpost and used it to ease the itch on their furs. This time around, the same family turned up at the upper scratchpost and did the tree as hard as they’re notorious to. The video is … Continue reading “Injured Razorback Matriarch Brings Her Boar Family to Upper Scratchpost”

Trail Cam Footage of Red Deer Hind Scratching Head and Sniffing Camera

A Red Deer hind (Cervus elaphus) turned up at the lower scratchpost, used the tree to scratch her head and then, curiosity got the best of her and made her sniff the trail camera to see what the heck that thing on the nearby tree was all about. A “hind” is what a female red … Continue reading “Trail Cam Footage of Red Deer Hind Scratching Head and Sniffing Camera”