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It has been a great week for birds. There was a long tailed tit near my sett this morning, and I saw a nuthatch and a wren yesterday. The pheasants have been stalking up and down quite regularly too, along with a fluttering group of sparrows, a few chaffinches and one or two blue tits. I’m keeping a record of every bird I see this year. I wonder how many species I’ll have spotted by December?

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Badger's Blog

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Last night the wind blew a great big stick right across the entrance to my sett. It was very difficult to move it out of the way. ‘What a silly old stick’ I thought but when I looked closely I saw that it was actually a really interesting stick. There was bright yellow and soft fluffy green lichen growing all over it for a start, and a clump of moss, but the best bit was the discovery of eight hibernating ladybirds, all tucked up in the lichen close together. They were all seven-spot ladybirds with shiny red wing cases. You can often see ladybirds tucked up together like this in winter. Have a look for them the next time you are out and about.

Anyway, after that I was a bit more careful with the stick! It is now in a sheltered corner near the hedge to protect those ladybirds from any more gales.

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Spotting winter wildlife is great fun. I’ve printed out the winter spotting sheet from the My Wild Winter booklet and I'm trying to spot everything on it. With 50 things on the list it is going to be tough but I’ve made a good start. There is some ivy growing just near my sett, so I ticked that one off straight away, and moss and lichen are everywhere when you look closely. I’ve also seen a robin and a pheasant this morning. I’m not sure how I’m going to spot a seal though, unless I persuade Mum to take me on a trip to the coast this weekend. Maybe I’ll go and ask her now. Have any of you been to see seals this winter?

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Wow! How exciting! It has snowed here! This is great news for all you animal trackers out there because there are so many footprints to spot. This morning I have spotted fox, rabbit, deer and bird footprints. I can tell which is which from the different shapes and sizes. I spotted some human footprints too, was that you?

Now I’m going to have a go at building a snow badger.

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Cool! I’m going to have a go at making the ‘Christmas bird wreath’ which is a new activity sheet that has just been added to the ‘downloads’ page of the website. It can hang up outside my sett and I’ll be able to sit inside and watch the birds enjoy some festive food. I wonder what species will come along for a snack? I’d really like to see a green woodpecker. Do you think one might visit?

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comments

  • Northur
    • Date: 2015-01-26 18:16:50
    • Northur

    I went and I got up a tree.

  • Northur
    • Date: 2015-01-24 19:22:50
    • Northur

    Cool! I went to my friends flat and when I got there I saw a robin. It had a lovely red chest and it was sitting on a small tree. I am doing the RSPB Garden Bird Watch tomorrow.

  • Northur
    • Date: 2015-01-24 19:22:36
    • Northur

    Cool! I went to my friends flat and when I got there I saw a robin. It had a lovely red chest and it was sitting on a small tree. I am doing the RSPB Garden Bird Watch tomorrow.

  • Northur
    • Date: 2015-01-24 19:21:27
    • Northur

    Cool! I went to my friends flat and when I got there I saw a robin. It had a lovely red chest and it was sitting on a small tree. I am doing the RSPB Garden Bird Watch tomorrow.

  • Croweta
    • Date: 2015-01-24 15:44:05
    • Croweta

    Today, I made this wonderful food heaven for the my back garden birds! we put a line of threaded popcorn, coconuts filled with fat and seed, apple and fat mix,bird feeders, peanuts and lots of other delicious meals for the birds!

  • Croweta
    • Date: 2015-01-23 17:28:54
    • Croweta

    Yes, I do think a bird will come by and peck at a bit of seed. The birds really need food in the winter (smaller birds most) ,so I'm making a heaven town of food for my back garden birds! Is anyone taking part in the bird watching weekend?

  • Wingedeta
    • Date: 2015-01-23 12:48:51
    • Wingedeta

    I like green wood peckers I think they eat ants

  • Wingedeta
    • Date: 2015-01-21 13:58:25
    • Wingedeta

    I like frost I wish it would snow to

  • Willowinus
    • Date: 2015-01-17 16:18:44
    • Willowinus

    badgers blog is great

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2015-01-15 14:52:51
    • Swiftafa

    hi shellolas. yes . i have seen green woodpeckers . i like their flight pattern --undulating . nice birds . their call is great too like a laugh.