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Nosy fish – keeping watch. The eyes have it!


I'm keeping watch for predators and intruders. You can see from this video that I have unusual eyes and can look in different directions at the same time.

I've spotted something interesting. I'm off!
 

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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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It's been very frosty here this week. I love the frost! I've been out every night trampling about on the crunchy frozen grass. It chills my toes but I love it! I've been listening to the tawny owls calling to each other too. They hoot so much at this time of year! And have you seen the stars? There have been no clouds, just hundreds of twinkling lights in the sky. Amazing! Dark cold nights are great!

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