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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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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…..

comments

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-03-03 17:38:59
    • Chaffuea

    sounds very interesting Magoma! I've never seen a Golden eye before maybe I'll look on Google and find some things out about it! It sounds rare but it probably isn't if there are lots of them.

  • Magoma
    • Date: 2014-03-02 17:45:22
    • Magoma

    we have golden-eyes everywhere at Stanley park, blackpool

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-27 18:05:49
    • Chaffuea

    I've seen lots of birds in Farnham Park as well Loonaga. Also what type of birds did you see? I'm just wandering because it would be exciting if it was some kind of rare bird wouldn't it!

  • Loonaga
    • Date: 2014-02-25 18:48:57
    • Loonaga

    I saw lots of birds in the park

  • Loonaga
    • Date: 2014-02-25 18:47:12
    • Loonaga

    I saw lots of birds in the park

  • 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.