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Great news! I’m going to the seaside for my holiday again this year. I’ve started packing already. I’m taking my binoculars to spot birds - I’d really like to see some puffins - and I’m taking my bucket for rockpooling and sandcastles. Whilst I’m there I might even get to go on a boat trip to see if I can spot any whales or dolphins. That would be totally awesome! Have you ever seen a whale or a dolphin?

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I went out bird watching yesterday and had an amazing day. I took my binoculars so I could get a better look at the birds, and they came in really handy. First I saw a Mistle Thrush sitting right at the top of a tall old ash tree and then I heard a Willow Warbler singing. By using my binoculars I managed to spot it sitting on the branch of an oak tree, almost hidden amongst the leaves.

Best of all, on my way back I saw a Sparrowhawk. It flew right across the path in front of me. It was only a few metres away so I didn’t need any binoculars to spot it! It swooped and dived between the trees so fast that I wondered how it didn’t hit a tree trunk. What a fantastic bird. One of my favourites.

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I’ve been out spotting bats this week; summer evenings are a great time to watch them flitting about catching insects. I think they must be pipistrelle bats but I'm not sure because they move so fast. I am always amazed that they can fly so fast using only echolocation to guide them. ‘Echolocation’ is a big word isn’t it? I learned it last year, I think it’s the longest word I know! What it means is that the bats use sound to find their way around instead of using sight because they can’t see very well. It seems impossible, but they can make a sound and listen for the echo as it bounces off objects nearby. By listening to the echoes they can tell where nearby objects are and avoid them.

I’ve had a go at echolocation because my eyes are not that great, but I just can’t get the hang of it. I scratched myself on a bramble and tripped over a rock. I’ll stick to snuffling.

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I’ve been back to the pond today to check on the tadpoles. At first I thought they had all gone because I couldn’t find anything: no tadpoles and no frogs. What a disappointment. But then I thought back to the bio blitz which I took part in, and I remembered that sometimes you have to look really closely to find things. So I peered under rocks and snuffled around in the plants at the edge of the pond, and guess what? I found them! Frogs! They were hard to find because they were really small, not much bigger than a buttercup, and they were well camouflaged amongst all vegetation. I spotted seven of them in total. It was amazing! Have you spotted any frogs yet?

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Have you seen the starfish pledge? www.wildlifewatch.org.uk I’m colouring my starfish in this morning. It’s going to be black and white all over, just like me. I might even try to make it look furry. I don’t think that there are actually any badger starfish out there in the sea, but that doesn’t matter. I just want to do my bit to help marine wildlife.

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  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-07-17 19:03:54
    • Swiftafa

    hi , guys , not been on badgers blog lately as no computer but glad to say its back now! recently i have been to the Red kite centre at Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth and despite the rain my friend and i had a great day . we watched the birds being fed and as it was so wet we watched from the visitor centre. about 40--50 kites circled around and swooped down to get the food . brilliant site . being part welsh i think wales should have the redkite as our national bird. next trip was again in wales and to the Dyfi osprey project neat Machynlleth. when we got there we couldnt get in as car park was full . we went 3 miles down the road to RSPB Ynys-hir and had a great time and saw 2 cetti`s warblers among other birds including siskin and great spotted woodpecker. we later went back to the osprey centre and we got in ! we saw the new screens in the visitor centre showing different views of the birds . Glesni , the female was feeding the 2 chicks and Monty the male was perched nearby. we went to see the fantastic new 360 degree hide where from the top we could see all arouund through the scope i could see the fish that was being fed to the young . a brilliant day again! on tuesday this week another frien and i were at cannock museum which was great --about mining and life including wartime . from there we went to the cannock chase visitor centre and went for a walk . someone told us about the adders that can be seen and where to see them so we did a bit of adder spotting but sadly didnt see any. i would have loved to have found one in the undergrowth and carefully looked but no luck. still , it was another good day out . well , the british birdwatching fair is next at Rutland water--15th --17th august . should be great .

  • Tealar
    • Date: 2014-06-12 17:20:18
    • Tealar

    tealar I will plead to it

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-06-09 16:59:44
    • Chaffuea

    The week end before the last my dad was digging up some of the weeds in the garden and before he new where he was he found that he had a newt on his spade! We put it near our pond and it wriggled away! Also he found another one which was a bit bigger and had a golden tummy! We put that near the pond as well! Unfortunately we didn't take a picture of it so I cant show you sorry!!

  • Pipiteles
    • Date: 2014-05-25 18:30:33
    • Pipiteles

    I love badger's blog because it Inspires me to do wild things.

  • Pipiteles
    • Date: 2014-05-25 18:30:32
    • Pipiteles

    I love badger's blog because it Inspires me to do wild things.

  • Mandata
    • Date: 2014-05-22 17:59:41
    • Mandata

    Great blog Badger

  • Robinema
    • Date: 2014-05-13 18:48:13
    • Robinema

    hi

  • Robinema
    • Date: 2014-05-10 16:53:49
    • Robinema

    I loved your blog when i had my last account and still love reading it!

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-05-09 09:48:20
    • Swiftafa

    hi on monday my friends and i went to chasewaterlight railway and had a great time on the steam trains ---i`m the railway buff! well , on the return journey the loco had to change ends to take the train back to browhills west station so while we waited my friend saw a bird fly out of a square hole in the buffer of a nearby wooden truck . i watched and saw a great tit fly out ! then another flew in and i knew there was a nest of young in that buffer!it was an unusual nest site but amazing watching the birds fly in and out . even a bee went in but soon came out! a goldfinch was on top of the truck . anyone else seen any unusial nest sites? saw first swifts on thnursday.

  • Treeanis
    • Date: 2014-05-07 20:09:23
    • Treeanis

    Dear daddy I really miss you when are you getting out of badger prison I miss you so much daddy you come out on July 7th that's what mummy said I really hope your okay Love you dad bye xxx