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Snuffle snuffle

Snore...... snore....... snore

Grunt! Huh! What's that tickling me? Dratted fleas!

Scratch... scratch.

Snore...... snore....... snore

Snuffle snuffle

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You lot sound like you’ve been out spotting all sorts of wildlife. Never mind that you only saw blackbirds and a magpie Chaffuea, keep trying, sometimes it takes a lot of looking and waiting to spot birds.

Maybe you could have a go at making your own bird hide and putting it near a bird feeder in your garden. There’s a great activity sheet to help you in the ‘downloads’ section of the website. I once had a go at it but I got in a muddle, it’s a bit too tricky for badgers. Now I just roll in sticky mud, then in some leaves to make a clever disguise. I look just like a pile of leaves and the birds can’t see me, it is like being invisible!

Last week it went a bit wrong though, I was all disguised when a hedgehog decided I would be a good place to hibernate. It tried to wriggle underneath me. All those spines poking in my tummy! Ouch! Maybe it was the same one that you saw Swiftafa, looking for a last minute hibernating spot? I’m sure it will be curled up somewhere safe now. Speaking of which, I think I’ll curl up too, I’m starting to feel very sleepy…..yawn…..zzzzzz…..

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It is cold! Yesterday it was frosty here and the puddles all turned to ice. A rather bouncy hare suggested that I should try sliding on one so I gave it a go. I zoomed along! What fun!

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Something weird happened to me the other day. I came across a strange ball in the grass at the edge of the path. At first I thought it was a tennis ball and I thought, ‘yippee I’ve always wanted to play tennis’, but when I gave it a nudge with my snout some smoke came out of it! I was very surprised. Was it on fire? I looked closely but there weren’t any flames and it didn’t feel hot. How mysterious! I nudged it again and sure enough, more smoke!

I took this photo and decided to ask my friends at Wildlife Watch what it was. Anyway, it turns out that it is a type of fungi called a puffball, not a tennis ball at all! The smoke is actually hundreds of spores flying out into the air. Spores are a bit like seeds that the puffball sends out so that new puffballs can grow nearby.

I also found out that you can’t play tennis with a puffball which was a little bit disappointing, but what an amazing thing to find!

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Well, its Halloween tomorrow and I wonder if any of you will come trick or treating outside my sett? I’m afraid that I’ve only got a few slightly chewed hazelnuts and a squashed blackberry to give away though. I don’t think you’ll find them very tasty, but the squirrels might like them.

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comments

  • Ospreyas
    • Date: 2013-12-10 16:46:44
    • Ospreyas

    Thanks to wildlife watch i have been learning a lot of things that I didn't know before!!

  • Mandata
    • Date: 2013-12-06 16:07:57
    • Mandata

    We have lots of cats near our house and they come into my garden but we have a light in the garden and it lights up when something or someone comes nar it.The cats go under it and I think it scares my mum!

  • Ospreyas
    • Date: 2013-12-05 17:30:50
    • Ospreyas

    Last night I was looking out my bedroom window and I saw a Fox nipping past .It was at 11:00 and it had a big bushy tail.

  • Ospreyas
    • Date: 2013-12-05 17:29:31
    • Ospreyas

    Last night I was looking out my bedroom window and I saw a Fox nipping past .It was at 11:00 and it had a big bushy tail

  • Wigeonugru
    • Date: 2013-12-04 18:35:48
    • Wigeonugru

    I saw a few scrapes and some torn out fur on the grass in a local park yesterday, obviously rabbits fighting. What would they be fighting about, though, at this time of year? My teacher said he's known them to have kittens as late as December in a wool bale, how territorial are the bucks though? (We human does are generally more civilised, but I don't have any rabbit friends)

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:27
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:26
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:25
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:23
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:17
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch