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It has been a great week for birds. There was a long tailed tit near my sett this morning, and I saw a nuthatch and a wren yesterday. The pheasants have been stalking up and down quite regularly too, along with a fluttering group of sparrows, a few chaffinches and one or two blue tits. I’m keeping a record of every bird I see this year. I wonder how many species I’ll have spotted by December?

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Last night the wind blew a great big stick right across the entrance to my sett. It was very difficult to move it out of the way. ‘What a silly old stick’ I thought but when I looked closely I saw that it was actually a really interesting stick. There was bright yellow and soft fluffy green lichen growing all over it for a start, and a clump of moss, but the best bit was the discovery of eight hibernating ladybirds, all tucked up in the lichen close together. They were all seven-spot ladybirds with shiny red wing cases. You can often see ladybirds tucked up together like this in winter. Have a look for them the next time you are out and about.

Anyway, after that I was a bit more careful with the stick! It is now in a sheltered corner near the hedge to protect those ladybirds from any more gales.

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Spotting winter wildlife is great fun. I’ve printed out the winter spotting sheet from the My Wild Winter booklet and I'm trying to spot everything on it. With 50 things on the list it is going to be tough but I’ve made a good start. There is some ivy growing just near my sett, so I ticked that one off straight away, and moss and lichen are everywhere when you look closely. I’ve also seen a robin and a pheasant this morning. I’m not sure how I’m going to spot a seal though, unless I persuade Mum to take me on a trip to the coast this weekend. Maybe I’ll go and ask her now. Have any of you been to see seals this winter?

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Wow! How exciting! It has snowed here! This is great news for all you animal trackers out there because there are so many footprints to spot. This morning I have spotted fox, rabbit, deer and bird footprints. I can tell which is which from the different shapes and sizes. I spotted some human footprints too, was that you?

Now I’m going to have a go at building a snow badger.

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Cool! I’m going to have a go at making the ‘Christmas bird wreath’ which is a new activity sheet that has just been added to the ‘downloads’ page of the website. It can hang up outside my sett and I’ll be able to sit inside and watch the birds enjoy some festive food. I wonder what species will come along for a snack? I’d really like to see a green woodpecker. Do you think one might visit?

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comments

  • 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!

  • 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.