Sett of Injured Badger Gets New Lease on Life After Laying Dormant for Year and a Half

In the fall two winters ago, during one of my regular walks through the woods, I stumbled upon an animal den on a sloping area deep within the forest. I set up a trail camera there to identify the resident, and it turned out to be a European Badger (Meles Meles). I started monitoring the … Continue reading “Sett of Injured Badger Gets New Lease on Life After Laying Dormant for Year and a Half”

Badger Mother Still Looks and Acts Exhausted, Hyperactive Cubs Won’t Give Her Break

I’ve worried about the wellbeing of the Badger mother since she was first captured on the trail camera with the drooping head and the muzzle open. Seems she’s still not recovered, as she continues to show the signs of exhaustion, but I no longer think she may be sick. I think she’s just really exhausted … Continue reading “Badger Mother Still Looks and Acts Exhausted, Hyperactive Cubs Won’t Give Her Break”

One of Three European Badger Cubs Got Injured and Limps on Right Hind Leg

The three baby European Badgers (Meles Meles) are already being introduced to the world outside, but even though the sow lets them play on their own while she does work around the sett, they are still little and quite clumsy and unsteady on their feet. Perhaps that’s why one of them got injured and is … Continue reading “One of Three European Badger Cubs Got Injured and Limps on Right Hind Leg”

Scarce Swallowtails Pollinating Field Thistle with Widow-Maker Creaking in Background

The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides Podalirius) is one of the largest butterflies in Central Europe. It was once quite bountiful, but is getting rarer and rarer. This year is a severe drought year, but despite the growing scarcity of the Scarce Swallowtail, I see them from time to time on the meadows. On my latest run … Continue reading “Scarce Swallowtails Pollinating Field Thistle with Widow-Maker Creaking in Background”

Harrowing Distress Call Pierces Night in Woods, Smiley Vixen and Other Fox Stay on Alert

Smiley Vixen is an absolute cutie, but she’s also a tough girl. She lives it up in her den, but is not afraid to stand up for herself when another fox intrudes upon her territory. But life of a fox in the woods is never easy. The other night, something was happening beside her den … Continue reading “Harrowing Distress Call Pierces Night in Woods, Smiley Vixen and Other Fox Stay on Alert”

All About Fledglings and How to Avoid Kidnapping Wildlife

The cute little bird featured in this video is a White Wagtail (Motacilla Alba). Once you start paying attention to how it constantly wags its tail when perched, the reason for the name is clear. This movement is very characteristic of the species, but White Wagtails have strikingly black and white heads. And this one … Continue reading “All About Fledglings and How to Avoid Kidnapping Wildlife”

Badger Sow Is Worrying Me, Shows Signs of Being Unwell, Possibly Sick

The badger sow, mother of three beautiful and healthy cubs, started exhibiting the concerning signs of being unwell. I don’t know at this time what exactly is wrong with her and why she acts so sickly, but seeing how unwell she is made me worry. It truly gripped my heart watching the latest trail camera … Continue reading “Badger Sow Is Worrying Me, Shows Signs of Being Unwell, Possibly Sick”

Smiley Vixen Likes to Spend Time on Her Porch, But Intruder Fox Still Visits and Barks

The beautiful Smiley Vixen is now well settled in her den. She goes about her daily duties around the woods, but always finds time to chill on her porch. Just because. When the weather is nice, she hangs out at the entrance to her den and spends time savoring the fresh forest air. Life seems … Continue reading “Smiley Vixen Likes to Spend Time on Her Porch, But Intruder Fox Still Visits and Barks”

Baby Badgers Come Out of Sett Again and Play on Their Own While Mother Drags Leaves Inside

The baby badgers seem to be growing fast. The mother badger recently took them out of the sett for the first time, and on their second day out, they already played on their own. On their first day out, the babies mostly stayed by the mother. Granted, one wandered away and the mother had to … Continue reading “Baby Badgers Come Out of Sett Again and Play on Their Own While Mother Drags Leaves Inside”

Smiley Vixen Shows Her Teeth and Makes Funny Noises

Up until now, the Smiley Vixen has been all smiles and cutes. Now that’s all changed. She’s still cute, she can’t help it. But she also has an uglier side and can show her teeth when she gets angry. Granted, she’s shown before that she can be aggressive when her territory is threatened, but I … Continue reading “Smiley Vixen Shows Her Teeth and Makes Funny Noises”