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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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Wow this lovely spring sunshine has brought out the flowers. There are several clumps of primroses growing along the edge of the ditch and they are all out in flower. I’m going to look for cowslips now because they are one of my favourites.

I might even have a go at the spring flowers spotting sheet this week. Have you seen any interesting spring flowers where you live?

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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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