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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.

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Brilliant! I’ve just seen that Wildlife Watch is giving away free wildflower seeds to grow into a mini meadow. Apparently they are great for butterflies as well as lots of other insects too. I love butterflies, so I’m going to plant some outside my sett and see how many different species of butterfly I can spot this summer. I might even make a nature diary about it for my Kestrel award. I think I’ll get started right away. Now where did I put my trowel……

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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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comments

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-04-15 17:20:27
    • Duckulla

    I love wild flowers and im going to try and make my own mini meadow outside my window

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-04-06 12:53:47
    • Duckulla

    I do hope you get some dry wether soon. My wether has been just the same i'm afraid.

  • Butterulos
    • Date: 2014-04-02 18:08:41
    • Butterulos

    I think Badgers Blog is Fantastic.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-04-02 10:03:18
    • Swiftafa

    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 .

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-27 10:22:09
    • Swiftafa

    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!

  • Razorelus
    • Date: 2014-03-12 16:41:23
    • Razorelus

    I like hedgehogs but i have never seen one. I would like to a see a paricon falcon. Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when your part of the team. Everything is Awesome when we live in our dream. Everything is better when we sticktogether. Side by side you and I gonna win for ever. Whet's party for ever.

  • Razorelus
    • Date: 2014-03-12 16:31:09
    • Razorelus

    Hi folks I,m a cowboy

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-11 10:34:51
    • Swiftafa

    hi Chaffuea. just read your message and glad i was of help . yes, daffodils are spring flowers and theres loads of them around now . my cowslips are in bud outside and should be out soon . i`ve now seen lesser celandine on the grass, wallflowers, 2 butteflies--one was a brimstone, several bees and flies and a ladybird who flew in throuigh the window. not seen frogspawn yet. roll on Springwatch--cant wait for it to come back on tv! you could get I-SPY Wildflowers book and that has lots of flowers to spot. i use my books when spotting--over 50 to choose from on all subjects . cheers .

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-11 10:33:58
    • Swiftafa

    hi Chaffuea. just read your message and glad i was of help . yes, daffodils are spring flowers and theres loads of them around now . my cowslips are in bud outside and should be out soon . i`ve now seen lesser celandine on the grass, wallflowers, 2 butteflies--one was a brimstone, several bees and flies and a ladybird who flew in throuigh the window. not seen frogspawn yet. roll on Springwatch--cant wait for it to come back on tv! you could get I-SPY Wildflowers book and that has lots of flowers to spot. i use my books when spotting--over 50 to choose from on all subjects . cheers .

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-03-05 14:39:33
    • Duckulla

    I love kingfishers but i have only seen one once.