Winterwatch Extra tonight at 9pm: floods, snow, feeders and more

Web Producer

Coming up on tonight’s Winterwatch Extra, Euan Mcilwraith will be joined by Michaela Strachan live from our webcam truck, to get some extra gossip about the show.

First up. What's this?

 

You've sent us lots of blog posts, tweets and Facebook comments about garden birds, winter feeding and how the snow & wet weather has been affecting wildlife. So keep those coming please.

We love to hear your top keeps for keeping warm in the winter, more stories of unusual wildlife sightings, plus your photos of wildlife in the snow. We’ll also be setting another quiz and keeping up with action from the live wildlife cameras. So drop us a line with any questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Email)!

Join us online at 9pm, straight after the programme on BBC2 and BBCHD for some more Winterwatch Extra!

UPDATE: Here's the answer to the quiz above. Well done to everyone who got it right. It's a baleen plate from an Sei whale

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by ~654e8588788a5ed1bdad40445e06406e7281340e

    on 20 Jan 2013 14:07

    Have had blackcaps on my feeders since the snow began - usually one male at a time, but definitely spotted two yesterday - couldn't tell whether the second one was male or female but it had the same fine beak and streamlined slender shape.

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by Joyce

    on 20 Jan 2013 09:57

    Could you please explain what happens in the animal kingdom if the animals are unable to have young? Is it unique to humans that sometimes there are medical reasons why production cannot occur ?

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by maxines

    on 19 Jan 2013 11:51

    We have a male blackcap visiting our feeder many times every day at the moment. We are in Innellan, near Dunoon, Argyll. He is quite fiesty, chasing off lots of the other small birds.

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by foxymike

    on 17 Jan 2013 22:51

    Re Keith Atkinson's problem.
    To foxes, friendship -- both among their own kind and with other species -- is highly valued. If the fox has any grounds (such as you feeding it) to consider you friendly then a display of great sadness at the excavation of your drain pipe may have a better effect than displaying anger.
    Of course, part of the problem is simply that here the fox finds nice soft easy-to-dig earth. My wife constantly grumbles because the wildlife excavate within her pots with plants -- it's just ideal for caching tasty morsels.
    Alternatively you could fix mesh over the new turf until it is securely established.
    Hope this helps.
    Mike.

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by foxymike

    on 17 Jan 2013 22:20

    Re fox and cat playing. For over 16 years I have had daily hands-on involvement with foxes both wild and tame. Tame fox Cropper acquired a wild chum Echo. Whenever I took Cropper out, Echo would join us. So would Sooty the cat. Sooty and Echo regularly played together and at least one game had rules. I called it 'peek-a-boo'. They would get either side of a large tree and creep around the trunk. If a face came into view, retreat and maybe try the other way. But had the other party also turned around? If a tail was spotted -- go for it! But Sooty cheated, when Echo chased him he shot straight up the tree, leaving his playmate staring up at him no doubt mumbling "That's not fair."
    Foxes also have a sense of humour. For a whole year we suffered ever more elaborate practical jokes played on us by two young vixens. Some of these involved the foxes in a LOT of work.
    I would also take issue with some of Chris Packham's interpretation of some fox behaviour. Foxes are basically pacifists. Yes, they fight -- but it's play-fighting, nobody suffers injury. What is not appreciated is the fox's fantastic jaw control. I currently am looking after a vixen that will snap my hand. But I am gripped firmly but gently -- it's a gesture of friendship. Too often, people so gripped imagine that they are being attacked. If a fox ATTACKS there will be A LOT of blood.
    Mike

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by Njfletcher1959

    on 17 Jan 2013 21:35

    Nick belper derbyshire 17 th january 13-30pm i spotted a red kite flying on crich lane in belper landing on lamp posts and in trees absolutely stunning against snowy backdrop

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by Bryan247

    on 17 Jan 2013 21:13

    Hi I've been watching the show. There has been a tree creeper in my grandads garden but it was eating Nyder seed, why is this?

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by Gipsi

    on 17 Jan 2013 21:02

    I am watching winterwatch with interest but am concerned around the encouragement given to the public to interfere with how squirrels store their nuts for winter. Nature is not a game and should be respected. Red squirrels particularly are constantly under threat and having their winter stores dug up by over enthusiastic children or having complications from ingesting ribbons during winter is a serious concern. I think this is an irresponsible approach to encouraging an appreciation of the natural world.

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  • Comment number 62. Posted by bordersjim

    on 17 Jan 2013 20:57

    We had five Bramblings on our bird table this morning in the Scottish borders!

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  • Comment number 61. Posted by keith

    on 17 Jan 2013 20:52

    I would be most grateful to you experts on what to do here!
    In the summer we had a plastic drain pipe laid under the front garden to take away down-comer water away from the house. After it was installed, we laid turf on top to match up with the rest of the garden. Along came Mrs Fox and lifted the whole line of turf. I have re-laid it several time and time and again the fox uplifts it. Even in broad daylight! what is the solution?

    Kind wishes,
    Love your winterwatch!

    Keith Atkinson

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