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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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Puddles and mud are great!! I’ve been splashing about all week, getting thoroughly wet and leaving trails of paw prints in the mud wherever I go, they make a great pattern! I tried to hop to see what sort of pattern that would make but I don’t think badgers are very good at hopping. Instead of hopping, I sort of flew and landed head first in the mud. Splat! Ouch! I’m sticking to walking on all four legs from now on.

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comments

  • 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

  • Whinchaca
    • Date: 2013-11-30 14:02:51
    • Whinchaca

    there are lots of cool things i didnt know, thanks to wildlife watch i have learned more than i thought.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2013-11-25 14:13:28
    • Swiftafa

    hi , just had 2 great trips back home to wales . first was on sunday nov 17 when i went to RSPB Conway with sutton coldfield rspb group. early start at 7am and got there about 10.15am . we had a great day , saw lots of waterfowl and waders including the elusive water rail . great view. weather was great too and i got some bara brith and welsh cakes from the cafe. two days later my friend and i were at lake Vyrnwy in mid wales and we had snow flurries , saw snow on the mountains and at lower ground too , i was a mutt---i left my camera at home so couldnt take any snowy pics! the sun was out , sky blue and it was so beaurtiful.. in the hide we saw lots of small birds on the feeders such as siskin , great,blue ,marsh and coal tits, chaffinches , robin, nuthatch, and saw pheasants on the ground too , we had lunch in the cafe and went to the rspb shop where i found enough snow for snowballs!. we went over the dam and saw 2 ravens and a redkite circling overhead. we drove round the lake as someone told us dippers had been seen but sadly we didnt see them. we had had a great day. i have seen a small hedgehog outside on the grass and was concerned about as it should have hibernated by now. and may not survuive the winter. however i havent seen it lately so maybe at last it has hibernated .. i did see a squashed hedgehog up the road on way to church on sunday morning so hope it wasnt that little one i had seen last week.. any one else seen any late hedgehogs?

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2013-11-24 12:55:33
    • Chaffuea

    I just went bird spotting for a few minutes but I didn't find much because it was really cold so I came in after a while and didn't get much done. I found 3 black birds, two flying together and one flying on it's own, and one magpie.

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2013-11-24 10:08:32
    • Chaffuea

    I'm going bird spotting today and I'm hoping to use the book that I've got on birds from wildlife watch! Wish me luck!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2013-11-17 15:12:01
    • Chaffuea

    Did you know that me and my family found these mushrooms in our garden and my brother keep saying that there are Smurfs living in the mushrooms but I don't believe that! I think that that is a very good imagination he has got though because I wouldn't of thought of Smurfs I would though of fairies wouldn't you?