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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! I have to tell you this. I’ve seen a water vole! I was just ambling along the riverbank in the sunshine snacking on a rather juicy earthworm when I heard a ‘plop’ in the water. I looked across and there he was, in the river, swimming along without a care in the world. I was just about to call out hello to him when he dived down into the water and disappeared. It is unusual to see a water vole here, in fact I’ve never seen one before. I wonder whether he’ll come back. I’d love to see him again.

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It feels like everything is going green this week. The hawthorn and the elder bushes in the hedges are bursting into leaf, and I’ve noticed that even a few of the trees are starting to show a bit of green. It has been a good week for listening to birdsong too; like Swiftafa I have been listening to a chiffchaff. I also heard a song thrush, I think it might be nesting somewhere near my sett. My favourite of all though is definitely the skylark, tweeting away so high up in the sky. What a beautiful song. I wish I could sing like that, maybe I'll ask him for some lessons.

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My poor snout has suffered another injury. I must learn to be a bit more careful. It was all because of the blackbirds really, digging up worms from the short grass. They are amazingly good at it, just a couple of pecks and, hey presto, there’s a worm in their beak.

Now you must realise that I love a juicy worm for breakfast, and I also like to try new things, so it was hard to resist having a peck at the ground. Well, the first peck produced nothing so I tried again, still nothing. Maybe, I needed to peck a little harder….

Unfortunately that was a bad idea. Ouch!

This experience has taught me that snouts are perfect for snuffling, but no good for pecking: they are too soft and round, and they bruise easily. Whacking your snout into the ground is also a very painful experience.

The next time I decide to try something silly like this, please remind me that I am a badger not a bird!

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Well I’ve just dipped my nose in the pond and guess what I spotted? Frogspawn! A big jelly clump of it! No tadpoles yet though that I could see. Next I’m going to search for some toadspawn. It’s different to frogspawn apparently because it appears in long strings rather than a clump. Have you spotted any frog or toad spawn yet? Let me know if you do, or if you see any tadpoles, I’d love to hear about it.

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Brilliant! I’ve just seen that Wildlife Watch is giving away free wildflower seeds to grow into a mini meadow. Apparently they are great for butterflies as well as lots of other insects too. I love butterflies, so I’m going to plant some outside my sett and see how many different species of butterfly I can spot this summer. I might even make a nature diary about it for my Kestrel award. I think I’ll get started right away. Now where did I put my trowel……

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