Catch up with Badger's nature adventures here every week.
Hi nature spotters. This week I’ve been watching bumblebees as they buzz about in the warm spring sunshine. Have you spotted any? I’ve seen lots and I’ve noticed that they are not all the same. I’ve seen some with red bottoms and some with white bottoms. I asked my friends at Wildlife Watch about this and I’ve discovered that there are lots of different types of bumblebee. In fact there are about 24 different species in the UK, although some of these are quite rare.
Guess what else I found out? Bumblebees have smelly feet! Yes really they do! Whenever they land on a flower their feet leave a bit of a whiff behind so that other bumblebees know that flower has been pollinated and don’t waste their energy looking for pollen in it. Amazing eh?! It’s a good job they don’t wear trainers though. Phew! That would be stinky!
Wow! I have to tell you this. I’ve seen a water vole! I was just ambling along the riverbank in the sunshine snacking on a rather juicy earthworm when I heard a ‘plop’ in the water. I looked across and there he was, in the river, swimming along without a care in the world. I was just about to call out hello to him when he dived down into the water and disappeared. It is unusual to see a water vole here, in fact I’ve never seen one before. I wonder whether he’ll come back. I’d love to see him again.
It feels like everything is going green this week. The hawthorn and the elder bushes in the hedges are bursting into leaf, and I’ve noticed that even a few of the trees are starting to show a bit of green. It has been a good week for listening to birdsong too; like Swiftafa I have been listening to a chiffchaff. I also heard a song thrush, I think it might be nesting somewhere near my sett. My favourite of all though is definitely the skylark, tweeting away so high up in the sky. What a beautiful song. I wish I could sing like that, maybe I'll ask him for some lessons.
My poor snout has suffered another injury. I must learn to be a bit more careful. It was all because of the blackbirds really, digging up worms from the short grass. They are amazingly good at it, just a couple of pecks and, hey presto, there’s a worm in their beak.
Now you must realise that I love a juicy worm for breakfast, and I also like to try new things, so it was hard to resist having a peck at the ground. Well, the first peck produced nothing so I tried again, still nothing. Maybe, I needed to peck a little harder….
Unfortunately that was a bad idea. Ouch!
This experience has taught me that snouts are perfect for snuffling, but no good for pecking: they are too soft and round, and they bruise easily. Whacking your snout into the ground is also a very painful experience.
The next time I decide to try something silly like this, please remind me that I am a badger not a bird!
Well I’ve just dipped my nose in the pond and guess what I spotted? Frogspawn! A big jelly clump of it! No tadpoles yet though that I could see. Next I’m going to search for some toadspawn. It’s different to frogspawn apparently because it appears in long strings rather than a clump. Have you spotted any frog or toad spawn yet? Let me know if you do, or if you see any tadpoles, I’d love to hear about it.
i have some frogspawn in my pond aswell!
I've not got a pet
My mum's just told me that she might not be able to get any frogs born now but she will try but it is such a disappointment.
My mum said a few days ago, well ages ago so now I'm not so sure, that we are going to get some frogs born in our pond but it doesn't seem like she's got round to doing it so I don't think that we will get any but it was worth mentioning. Also my dad says that we might be allowed a vegetable patch in our garden but we haven't got round to doing that either.
I've had some quite nice whether here and I'm happy to say it's improving my plants health.
I love wild flowers and im going to try and make my own mini meadow outside my window
I do hope you get some dry wether soon. My wether has been just the same i'm afraid.
I think Badgers Blog is Fantastic.
hi , yesterday there were 2 hedgehogs in the garden . one was there in the morning and the other one came in tha afternoon. they were young ones and they were snuffling around looking for insects etc. . i took a photo of them together. they are so lovely. just found an exciting project on the wildle watch website called Project Wild Thing and signed up . have a look at the project . also saw my first peacock butterfly yesterday too .
hey , had a great time last saturday at moseley bog and joy`s wood reserve near birmingham as the wildlife trust had a celebration of spring event on there. we went on a walk with a guide and saw lots of plants not seen before and i heard my first chiffchaff. the reserve is ancient and goes back before the dinos were around and i was given a stone from the triassic area which was once used by the bronze age people in heating up water for a bronze age sauna! the stone had cracks in it due to the heat and was told i may have been the first person to pick it up since the bronze age people had it! nice thought . when i got home i cleaned it up and put it in my fossil box. moseley bog is well worth a visit for wildlife and archaeology. joy`s wood got its name from a person called joy fifer who campaigned to save the area. i`ve seen lots of bees , bumble bees , 2 butterflies, lots of wild flowers and buds on trees over the last few weeks . cant wait for springwatch to come back on telly!