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Theft In The Night
by admin - 20:30 on 18 June 2013
I was optimistic this morning when I retrieved the Bushnell and noted the absence of egg, ex-siskin (provided by Pandora) and most of the hedgehog food left out overnight. Seven video clips had been captured, so surely I'd got some more fox action.
No. The first two clips featured Mystery Moggy No1, who snarfled the egg; the second two starred a new character, Mystery Moggy No3, who wandered aimlessly around the undergrowth; hero of the next two was a rook, who carried off the ex-siskin; last to appear was a blackbird, who picked through the hedgehog food to find the best remaining bits.
Foxes and hedgehogs didn't appear at all. The BBC Natural History Unit never has this trouble.
I'll leave the Bushnell out again tonight, but no food (except in The Nutella Tree) in the hope that freeloaders will go elsewhere, although that's unlikely – The Rural Retreat is definitely on the map.
Resident moggies must have been indoors and sleeping when the visitors passed through, which would explain Willow's burst of wild energy this afternoon. Much rolling and writhing in the dust took place, culminating in an all-four-paws scrabble at some defenceless twigs.
Pandora, who sauntered out of the undergrowth at that moment, immediately switched to hunting mode and inched towards the back of the preoccupied puss, ready to steal her prey. The Tabby Terror's resigned disdain when she realised what her sister was playing with was hilarious; the two may be the same age but Willow still thinks she's a kitten.
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