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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…..

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It is cold! Yesterday it was frosty here and the puddles all turned to ice. A rather bouncy hare suggested that I should try sliding on one so I gave it a go. I zoomed along! What fun!

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Something weird happened to me the other day. I came across a strange ball in the grass at the edge of the path. At first I thought it was a tennis ball and I thought, ‘yippee I’ve always wanted to play tennis’, but when I gave it a nudge with my snout some smoke came out of it! I was very surprised. Was it on fire? I looked closely but there weren’t any flames and it didn’t feel hot. How mysterious! I nudged it again and sure enough, more smoke!

I took this photo and decided to ask my friends at Wildlife Watch what it was. Anyway, it turns out that it is a type of fungi called a puffball, not a tennis ball at all! The smoke is actually hundreds of spores flying out into the air. Spores are a bit like seeds that the puffball sends out so that new puffballs can grow nearby.

I also found out that you can’t play tennis with a puffball which was a little bit disappointing, but what an amazing thing to find!

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Well, its Halloween tomorrow and I wonder if any of you will come trick or treating outside my sett? I’m afraid that I’ve only got a few slightly chewed hazelnuts and a squashed blackberry to give away though. I don’t think you’ll find them very tasty, but the squirrels might like them.

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Puddles and mud are great!! I’ve been splashing about all week, getting thoroughly wet and leaving trails of paw prints in the mud wherever I go, they make a great pattern! I tried to hop to see what sort of pattern that would make but I don’t think badgers are very good at hopping. Instead of hopping, I sort of flew and landed head first in the mud. Splat! Ouch! I’m sticking to walking on all four legs from now on.

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comments

  • 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.

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-03-05 14:37:19
    • Duckulla

    I love kingfishers but i have only seen one once.

  • 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!