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I’m sitting in the sunshine, drying off after my quick dip in the river. I don’t usually venture into rivers, but it was quite unavoidable because I’ve just seen one of nature’s greatest spectacles and it was messy! A huge flock of starlings has just been swirling around overhead. Swooping, diving and dodging, like a swarm of speeding bees. It was incredible. They were so close I could hear the wind as it rushed past their wings, and there were so many of them that it was impossible to count them all. I thought there were maybe a billion of them, Dad said that it was probably about 1,000, but still, 1,000 starlings all at once!! It was magical, one of the best things I have ever seen.

There was just one problem though….. the poo! Unfortunately I was underneath the murmuration (that’s the special name for these huge flocks of starlings) as it swirled around, and it wasn’t very pleasant. In fact I think we should call murmurations ‘bird clouds’ because they look a bit like clouds and it was definitely raining underneath it. It was raining poo! Splat, splat all around me, and on my back and my ear too. Yuck! I was covered in it! That’s why Dad made me go in the river. Even so, I’d love to see another one, but next time I’ll try to stand under a tree.

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It’s still freezing cold here so I’ve been spending more time than usual in my sett. When will spring arrive? I’ve curled myself up and snuggled down into a cosy corner of my sett and I’m going to have a nice long sleep. Maybe it will have warmed up by the time I wake up.

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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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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.