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Where the jam sammiches at?

Well, well…lookee what turned up in my front yard last night.

We’ve caught glimpses — or imagined we’ve caught glimpses — of badgers before, but this is the first one to turn up on the naturecam. And a big fat boy he was, too.

After a cooler than normal Summer, we’ve just had a few days of blazing heat. Well, blazing heat for England. And they call it Indian Summer too, poor dears, without knowing why (they think it has something to do with the Raj).

But last night the spell broke, and the world remembered it’s October, the wind shifted, the cold blew in and — voilà — badger in the garden. There’s a sett about three quarters of a mile from here, but if he’s a bachelor, he may be setting up housekeeping nearby.

Oh, that’ll do wonders for Uncle B’s pansies.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 4, 2011, 10:12 pm

I dunno, Stoatie. Does UB have a habit of going streaking when he drinks too much?

Reliving the college life, perhaps?..


Comment from ermine
Time: October 4, 2011, 11:13 pm

Has Uncle B won anything in the lotto? Sure to bring out the relations.
I’d sure like to see badgers in our neck o’ the woods. They are so uncommon here the dnr wants to know if anyone sees one.

Comment from Nina
Time: October 5, 2011, 12:57 am

If only badgers were as cute as they look. 🙂

Comment from guffaw
Time: October 5, 2011, 1:14 am

Badgers? We don’ need no stinking badgers!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: October 5, 2011, 1:39 am

American Badgers ARE as cuddley as we look! Indeed, the standard unit of measure for lovabilty is the Badger, (B or b, divided into decibadgers, centibadgers, and millibadgers. Don’t they teach kids these things in school anymore?)

Golly, a chunky pb and raspberry jam sandwich using whole wheat toast does sound good on a cool Wisconsin October evening! I know that my European cousins are family group critters, rather than the monastic life we live here. That is why we live in “burrows”, rather than “setts”.

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: October 5, 2011, 1:41 am

Oh man, I scanned a bunch of Kodak EPP 5005 last week. FAR superior to anything they’re putting out now, with the exception of Ektar 100, maybe.

Had somewhat better color than Ektar, but the grain was bigger.

Comment from Mark T
Time: October 5, 2011, 4:08 am

I know foxes are boring now, what with the Chickens and all, but I must say–the past couple of nights out on walkies with Hoover here in urban London, we’ve seen two foxes–I think the vixen last night was a bit, um, girlfriendy, too. Hoover sure thought so. That one was right in somebody’s front walled garden–their cat fled like it was in flames. Is it the Season? Maybe BadgerBitz are acting up, too? Everybody sing: “Christmiss . . . is coming soon. Haaaaappy we will be.”

Comment from MIke C.
Time: October 5, 2011, 6:33 am

Truth be told, I don’t believe badgers are native to Virginia. Perhaps at one time they were – we used to have wolves and elk, after all. Even had mastodons, although that was slightly before my time.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 5, 2011, 9:36 am

Oh, there’s a fox out there EVERY night, Mark T. Some nights, she (I’ve got it in my head it’s a vixen) crawls all over the chicken house. My poor traumatized chickens.

And yes, the badger was back last night. Several times, some hours apart.

Comment from Deborah
Time: October 5, 2011, 1:30 pm

I get that the fox wants the chickens, but does the badger want the chickens, too, or is he just being neighborly?

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: October 5, 2011, 2:51 pm

Perhaps you should have Uncle B scent-mark your territory, so as to keep strange badgers and other predators away.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 5, 2011, 6:25 pm

They will get into chicken houses and eat chickens, Deborah. Or just cause mayhem. They’re omnivores, but not really hunters.

Anyhow, our house is just kind of on the flight path for local wild life. They pass through our garden into (or out of) the fields beyond, hoping to sniff up some cat food or chicken scraps or whatever.

Comment from drowningpuppies
Time: October 6, 2011, 3:09 pm

Honey Badger don’t care.


Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: October 6, 2011, 6:56 pm

Mike C. is right — no badgers here. Sigh. But if you live in Virginia and want to see who’s in the neighborhood, this thing is spiffy:


Plug in your coordinates and you get a list of every species reported in your area — it says we’ve got weasels!1!11!! 🙂 Least ones and long-tailed ones! (Actually, the bigger guys are probably downstream from us, along the river, but still… weasels!)

Okay, now I really need a critter cam.

Comment from d3ft punk
Time: October 8, 2011, 3:39 am


Days late, but still…

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