Explore life beneath the waves around Britain with Benny the Blenny
I’m sitting in the sunshine, drying off after my quick dip in the river. I don’t usually venture into rivers, but it was quite unavoidable because I’ve just seen one of nature’s greatest spectacles and it was messy! A huge flock of starlings has just been swirling around overhead. Swooping, diving and dodging, like a swarm of speeding bees. It was incredible. They were so close I could hear the wind as it rushed past their wings, and there were so many of them that it was impossible to count them all. I thought there were maybe a billion of them, Dad said that it was probably about 1,000, but still, 1,000 starlings all at once!! It was magical, one of the best things I have ever seen.
There was just one problem though….. the poo! Unfortunately I was underneath the murmuration (that’s the special name for these huge flocks of starlings) as it swirled around, and it wasn’t very pleasant. In fact I think we should call murmurations ‘bird clouds’ because they look a bit like clouds and it was definitely raining underneath it. It was raining poo! Splat, splat all around me, and on my back and my ear too. Yuck! I was covered in it! That’s why Dad made me go in the river. Even so, I’d love to see another one, but next time I’ll try to stand under a tree.
It’s still freezing cold here so I’ve been spending more time than usual in my sett. When will spring arrive? I’ve curled myself up and snuggled down into a cosy corner of my sett and I’m going to have a nice long sleep. Maybe it will have warmed up by the time I wake up.
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?
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.
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?
Don't panic, it takes ages for the frogspawn to change into frogs. When the weather gets warmer look out for tadpoles where the frogspawn is. I've seen lots of newts in my pond recently but their eggs are more hidden away than frogspawn.
A couple of months ago we had about MILLIONS (exaggerating) of frogspawn! But now unfortunately we have only seen round about two actual frogs and a toad that my dad tried to convince that the pond is a good place. It's been a bit dull after that, until I was only round about 2 metres away from a robin with about 3 worms in it's mouth!
I've got 2 goldfish called Dot and Dash. They are so cute! I love pets, Whiskolis xxx
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.