'Oh the barnyard is busy in a regular tizzie and the obvious reason is because of the season, Ma Nature's lyrical, with her yearly miracle, it's spring, spring, spring!' I just couldn't help myself from singing that as I drove down to Ynys-hir in mid-Wales yesterday (10 points for anyone who knew that the song was from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!) 


I've now arrived at the Springwatch production site, the people are buzzing and the birds are tweeting, in fact a lot of the people are also tweeting. There are so many signs around of a late spring. 


There are bluebells everywhere, showing off their fairy-like flowers. Makes me think of the Flower Fairies. How many of you remember them? Different fairies for every British flower. The bluebell one was a bit impish for my liking. As a little girl I preferred the prettier ones. 


After arriving yesterday I went for a run round the reserve. It was a great way to immerse myself in the beauty of the place. The sound really made me stop and listen. The cacophony of bird song. There's certainly no need to use an MP3 player when you've got the music of nature to listen to. It is after all, at long last spring.

All the creatures are twitterpating which should give us a mighty good Springwatch season (10 points to those of you who knew that twitterpating came from Bambi!)

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by MichielsMum

    on 7 Jun 2013 08:09

    Maybe this is something for HiddenBadger. Say hello to Roger the Badger, another great creation by Tom Poulsom!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/detomaso/8946872693/in/photostream/ :-)

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by MichielsMum

    on 2 Jun 2013 16:00

    Hello Team and BBC Spring Watch Fans,

    To all of you who love birds: please take a minute to check out this blog from a year ago: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/natureuk/2012/06/birds-of-the-uk-in-lego.shtml#comments. If you feel like owning one or more of these birds, please read comment no. 19 on the above mentioned blog. We love the BBC nature programmes over here in The Netherlands: keep up the good work! :-)

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by carriefie

    on 1 Jun 2013 20:10

    I have been watching a fledgling blackbird all day in my garden. The "daddy" keeps coming and feeding the baby, who appears not to be able to fly very far. The attention it is getting is amazing. I have never seen anything like it before.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by thehendersons

    on 1 Jun 2013 10:35

    Hello Team!

    Delighted to have Springwatch back! We have a related question to the bird box thread above. Although we were lucky enough to have 6 Great Tits hatch in our bird box, they have all, tragically, died in the nest. It would appear that the nest box has been inspected by other birds, but has not been taken. Perhaps this is because of the deceased birds?

    Our question is: should we clean out the nest? or leave nature to take it's own course of action?

    We really look forward to hearing from you!
    The Hendersons x

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Sue G Leek

    on 28 May 2013 18:03

    Hello Michaela and team

    Just to let you know that we have a live camera in our bird box where we have a family
    Of blue tits living and have watched
    Proceedings from the beginning when mum first came in at night to shelter
    From the cold, We have watched all the nest being built, feathering the nest, laying 10
    Eggs and have seen 9 hatch out. We are still waiting with bated breath for the last one to hatch
    All the chicks appear to huddle around and on top of the remaining egg. We have also noticed
    Mother and father feeding the chicks. They appear to put some into the chicks mouths only to take it back out again and offer it to another chick or eat it themselves. We think we have also seen them offer small bits of nesting material to the chicks and then take it back out again - very strange. Perhaps they get a little bit of roughage from it?

    We love the programme and find the webcams this year more interesting than ever.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Sue and Glyn George.
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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Heather V

    on 28 May 2013 17:53

    Hello fellow Springwatchers

    My parents have always had an enviable charm of goldfinches at their feeders, and this spring has been no exception. Distressingly, just this afternoon on three seperate occasions we saw a magpie make off with the freshly killed dead bodies of three of them.

    I'm a believer in leaving the process of natural selection to nature, but this seemed especially brutal.

    Is there anything that we can do about it? My parents feel as though they've set a trap for the magpies to prey on the goldfinches. If a member of the team saw this happening at their feeders on such a regular basis, would they remove them?

    We'd really appreciate your advice.

    Many thanks

    Heather and parents
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    Cumbria

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Katherine Birkett

    on 28 May 2013 02:35

    I saw a Water Rail at Titchwell Marsh earlier this year, being very bold indeed; feeding on the seed dropped to the ground by the birds at the feeding station behind the cafe! Very good views of a bird with very few skulking tendencies! I wonder if this might be a small flicker of a behavioural evolutionary change?

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Harvey1962

    on 27 May 2013 21:01

    We had read how difficult it was to see a water rail, but when we visited the RSPB site at Hauxley in Northumberland last year, there were two 6 feet away from us, pecking around the side of the path! We hadn't even reached the hide! Last week we heard a strange shrieking noise, in the twilight and there was a water rail in profile, 25 feet away over the back fence of our garden (it backs onto open farmland, with a stream running through it).

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Ken Murdoch

    on 27 May 2013 20:32

    Hi Michaela
    I've lived in Fife for the past 50 years and one of the things I enjoy most is watching the return of the Lapwings (or pee weep as we call them) to Fife. However, over the past 10 years or so numbers have fallen drastically until this year when I have only seen one pair. Are they doomed to extinction in Fife?
    Thanks
    Ken

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Lozz

    on 27 May 2013 20:12

    What a fantastic programme to start the series. Can't wait to watch the owl action with my 4 year old granddaughter who is taking a keen interest in all things natural.

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