Badger in the light nights

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 27.06.2016 - 09:18
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As a rule the badger goes out to forage in dusk but in the light nights now the time in the dark will be too short and badgers can be seen already in the afternoon.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
 At Midsummer vacations start for many of us and there will be free time to rove in nature too. Some may have played with the idea to have a look at the Animal of the Year and planned a visit to a known badger sett, in the hope of meeting the owner. What is needed for  success?
Firstly, we should ask whether we disturb the badger with our visit? Certainly we do, but if we behave respectfully around his home and are not intrusive, the badger can peacefully go on with its life after our visit.
To see a badger at present one can count on the fact that an empty stomach  can get the badger out of the burrow quite early.  The diet of a badger in summer contains a considerable portion of herbaceous matter that does not yield particularly many calories. Already around 6 o’clock he may be seen on the threshold of the burrow. Mostly however he comes out into fresh air at about 9-10 o’clock in the evening, To meet him, one must be there earlier, and better if the wind is not in our back. A badger’s sense of smell is very keen and on feeling the smell of us he will simply not show his black-white striped face!

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