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Whoops! I keep slipping up on all this melting ice. I don't know how you humans manage to totter about on your two spindly legs - even having four doesn't stop me from sliding about!

I took a picture of one of my footprints in the last of the snow by my sett. Aren't my claws impressive?

Well done for spotting all this cool winter wildlife everyone - I can see the cold weather isn't keeping you from getting out and about. Sealoles saw a seal pup (aww!) and Ottero lots of winter birds, but me and Swiftafa are on the lookout for some of the most amazing winter animals of all - waxwings!

I've never seen one before...

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Check out this video everyone.

It was filmed by Devon Wildlife Trust at the edge of a nature reserve near Exeter. It's a big swirling cloud of hundreds of starlings. They're flocking together in a tight ball just before they go down to roost.

Isn't it amazing how they all change direction together and form those cool shapes? Getting out to see things like this is worth getting cold for.

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C-c-c-crikey, it's p-pretty c-c-c-cold. Brrr!

I'm glad I prepared my bedding in advance so that I don't have to go outside too often. The snow sticks to my fur.

I am getting a bit hungry though. Now where did I bury that sandwich?

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Wow Swiftafa - a peregrine! I would love to see one! They're so fast and deadly. I've heard they're starting to live in our towns and cities again so maybe they'll be a common sight soon.

I have seen some redwings and fieldfares though. They're all tucking into apples in an old orchard near my sett. I like to go there sometimes and munch on the fallen fruit, but the birds don't like me much. They make a terrible racket when they see me coming!

I had a look at your rabbit, Barnyifa. So cute! Make sure you give him a cuddle from me.

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I have been on the perfect adventure for badgers - a Fungal Foray! I got to use my well-trained nose to snuffle about in the undergrowth (one of my favourite pass times) but this time to help science.

I followed a group of fungi experts who were collecting all kinds of mushroom and mould so that they could identify them and find out what was living in the wood. I rooted up lots of different types - have a look at my basket!

Some fungi can be poisonous of course, so I didn't eat any. I did get to eat lots of other things instead - minibeasts live in the leaf litter too!

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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.