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Now, where is my feather duster? My sledge is covered in cobwebs because I haven’t used it yet this year and I want to give it a whizz! If I can just get it cleaned off I’ll take it outside and look for some snow.

I’ve been thinking about sledging ever since I saw some tiny white snowdrops in a sunny spot at the edge of the wood. There were so many of them that for a moment I thought it had actually snowed! Here’s a photograph of them, aren’t they great? They are the first ones I’ve seen this year. It must mean that spring is on its way.

I do love snowdrops, but I’d really like to go sledging too. If any of you spot some real snow, please let me know where it is.

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I met an unusual looking duck outside my sett this week who said he was a Pochard. I looked him up in my id book and sure enough, there he was. He said that he usually only comes to the UK in winter and that made me wonder if there were any other ducks that I might only spot at this time of year. I found out that there are quite a few so I set off down to the lake to see what I could see. It was great. I saw a Widgeon and a Teal! I’d really like to see a Golden Eye but I’ve not found one yet. Have any of you ever spotted one?

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Well Christmas is almost here and I’ve been busy, busy, busy!

Yesterday I decorated my sett with holly, ivy and pine cones (it looks quite magical) and this morning I made some worm mince pies – delicious! This afternoon I ate the mince pies and now my tummy hurts! Is 14 mince pies in one go too many do you think? Oh well, tonight I’ll go for a brisk walk under the stars and gaze at the lovely big moon, I’m sure that will make me feel better.

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Grunt! Huh! What's that tickling me? Dratted fleas!

Scratch... scratch.

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Badger's Blog

You lot sound like you’ve been out spotting all sorts of wildlife. Never mind that you only saw blackbirds and a magpie Chaffuea, keep trying, sometimes it takes a lot of looking and waiting to spot birds.

Maybe you could have a go at making your own bird hide and putting it near a bird feeder in your garden. There’s a great activity sheet to help you in the ‘downloads’ section of the website. I once had a go at it but I got in a muddle, it’s a bit too tricky for badgers. Now I just roll in sticky mud, then in some leaves to make a clever disguise. I look just like a pile of leaves and the birds can’t see me, it is like being invisible!

Last week it went a bit wrong though, I was all disguised when a hedgehog decided I would be a good place to hibernate. It tried to wriggle underneath me. All those spines poking in my tummy! Ouch! Maybe it was the same one that you saw Swiftafa, looking for a last minute hibernating spot? I’m sure it will be curled up somewhere safe now. Speaking of which, I think I’ll curl up too, I’m starting to feel very sleepy…..yawn…..zzzzzz…..