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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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I’ve just been having a go at this month’s Wildlife Watch competition to name the butterfly. I like to spot butterflies when I’m out and about, then I look up what species they are in my butterfly id book.

I think I know the answer to this one, but I can’t tell you what it is......!

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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.