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More rain again this morning. I’m down by the river and there is so much water in it. Twice as much as usual I think. The water is gushing along so fast it makes me feel quite dizzy!

I’ve just seen an amazing thing. A moment ago I spotted a flash of blue light. It was moving faster than the water, flitting this way and that. What was it? Suddenly it stopped and rested on a branch. It was a kingfisher! What a beautiful bird. I watched him for a moment but then he was gone again, a blue blur zooming off to somewhere further downstream.

I think I’ll zoom off now too, back to my sett which luckily is still dry. I’m going to try to zoom as fast as a kingfisher. Here I go.....

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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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Snore...... snore....... snore

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

Scratch... scratch.

Snore...... snore....... snore

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  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-22 17:23:49
    • Chaffuea

    Well I don't know whether these are spring flowers but I've seen a few daffodils around my house Swiftafa. Well also I went into town through Farnham Park and I wasn't on the look out or anything and I probably missed some but I didn't find any. Maybe next time I go into town I'll be looking for them and I might see some. Thanks for the advice Swiftafa.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-02-20 14:21:17
    • Swiftafa

    hi , who`s seen first signs of spring? i have seen lots of snowdrops in our church grounds and in gardens near my home . Chaffuea, try looking in gardens for snowdrops or in your local park. theres a lot around so happy spotting. you dont need to live near snow. i`ve seen purple and orange crocuses in gardens and grape hyacinth too. we have daisies and lesser celandines on the lawns of our flats. i saw my first honey bee last sunday at sandwell park farm and on tuesday i saw a poor bumble bee almost dead in a street nearby. birdsong is changing too especially the robin. yipeeee! spring is a comin! Cloakilus try going out at dusk to see badgers find a place to hide , wrap up warm and wait! take someone with you. be patient --you may be lucky. best places are woodland as well as some gardens. let me know if you see one cos i havent seen one in the wild yet

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-18 14:17:32
    • Chaffuea

    I can't seem to find any snow drops anywhere and I don't live near snow.

  • Collaragri
    • Date: 2014-02-15 19:52:13
    • Collaragri

    I have found some snowdrops in my back garden and i put them in my wildlife watchers handbook.

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-02-15 19:30:59
    • Duckulla

    Snow drops are popping up all over the place at our house too.

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-14 17:23:04
    • Chaffuea

    I've never actually seen a Kingfisher in real life! I wish I was there with you!

  • Magwing
    • Date: 2014-02-12 18:59:01
    • Magwing

    i love badgers blog its soooooooooooo intresting

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:33:06
    • Chaffuea

    This is kind of about wildlife but it's not totally about wildlife! Basically, today we had a letter (which people could choose whether they could have one or not) and as soon as they mentioned wildlife I was extremely interested but I could see by other peoples faces that they weren't interested. (The letter was about this Forest Ranger Competition at Alice Holt.) As I've told you nobody was much interested except me but as soon as the teacher explained that the prize would be a £100 voucher for go ape adventure and a two night stay on one of 15 Camping in the forest sites almost everybody wanted it. I know this sounds silly but they did only want it because of the prize, but luckily I wanted it because it was about wildlife but I've got to admit I was attracted by the prize to be honest!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:24:14
    • Chaffuea

    Hi, today when I was at school my teacher (whilst during maths) thought she saw a Woodpecker but it was actually a Jay on our school field! Then she said that you do find quite a few funny birds coming onto our field!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:13:22
    • Chaffuea

    Yesterday, when I was walking to school with my friend, she saw a small green frog on the pavement and my friends mum said it was probably coming to nest in a pond near by!