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Hedgehog

Observed: 2nd July 2013 By: northberwick_petenorthberwick_pete’s reputation in Mammalsnorthberwick_pete’s reputation in Mammalsnorthberwick_pete’s reputation in Mammals
Hedgehog
Hedgehog
Hedgehog
Description:

Eating fallen bird food. A regular garden visitor.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Hedgehog

Is it eating the seeds or have you put mealworms out for the birds?

Graham Banwell

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northberwick_pete's picture

seeds

The bird food is a seed mix.

the naturalist man's picture

Food glorious food!

I only asked because I have a book from the 1950s which says they are carnivorous, mainly insects' even the bible - Mammals of the British Isles 4th Ed - says they eat almost exclusively insects but will take eggs and fledgling birds. I wonder if it is really eating the seeds and not invertebrates feeding on the seeds. However, saying that I suspect they may be more omnivorous than we give them credit for - after all there is the old myth about them carrying off fruit on their prickles and getting drunk on fermented apples.

Strange they should choose to eat seeds when there are so many ground invertebrates at the moment.

Graham Banwell

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Veggie hog

Maybe a vegetarian hog:-)

Gill Sinclair
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