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I’m such a lucky badger because I’ve finally been on a boat trip to watch dolphins and I saw some!

I went on the boat trip yesterday. It was just an ordinary kind of boat I think, not a pirate ship like the one you went on Barnyudes (that sounds awesome). It felt strange to be bobbing up and down on the waves, I’m more used to standing on firm ground so I had to cling on with my claws, but luckily I didn’t feel sea sick.

Once I was out at sea, I kept looking over the side of the boat until eventually I saw them. They were bottlenose dolphins and there were three of them. They swam alongside the boat for ages. It was absolutely amazing! They are fantastic animals and super swimmers. It looked as though they were really enjoying racing along next to me. I think it was the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Have you seen anything amazing this summer? Do let me know.

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I’m at the beach on my holiday and I’ve been making a shell collection. I have found all sorts so far including razor clam shells, mussel shells and some which I think are called banded wedge shells (they are my favourite so far). Today I’m going to go rockpooling. I’ve got a bucket and a net. I wonder what creatures I’ll find? Maybe an enormous crab!

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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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comments

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-04-15 17:20:27
    • Duckulla

    I love wild flowers and im going to try and make my own mini meadow outside my window

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-04-06 12:53:47
    • Duckulla

    I do hope you get some dry wether soon. My wether has been just the same i'm afraid.

  • Butterulos
    • Date: 2014-04-02 18:08:41
    • Butterulos

    I think Badgers Blog is Fantastic.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-04-02 10:03:18
    • Swiftafa

    hi , yesterday there were 2 hedgehogs in the garden . one was there in the morning and the other one came in tha afternoon. they were young ones and they were snuffling around looking for insects etc. . i took a photo of them together. they are so lovely. just found an exciting project on the wildle watch website called Project Wild Thing and signed up . have a look at the project . also saw my first peacock butterfly yesterday too .

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-27 10:22:09
    • Swiftafa

    hey , had a great time last saturday at moseley bog and joy`s wood reserve near birmingham as the wildlife trust had a celebration of spring event on there. we went on a walk with a guide and saw lots of plants not seen before and i heard my first chiffchaff. the reserve is ancient and goes back before the dinos were around and i was given a stone from the triassic area which was once used by the bronze age people in heating up water for a bronze age sauna! the stone had cracks in it due to the heat and was told i may have been the first person to pick it up since the bronze age people had it! nice thought . when i got home i cleaned it up and put it in my fossil box. moseley bog is well worth a visit for wildlife and archaeology. joy`s wood got its name from a person called joy fifer who campaigned to save the area. i`ve seen lots of bees , bumble bees , 2 butterflies, lots of wild flowers and buds on trees over the last few weeks . cant wait for springwatch to come back on telly!

  • Razorelus
    • Date: 2014-03-12 16:41:23
    • Razorelus

    I like hedgehogs but i have never seen one. I would like to a see a paricon falcon. Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when your part of the team. Everything is Awesome when we live in our dream. Everything is better when we sticktogether. Side by side you and I gonna win for ever. Whet's party for ever.

  • Razorelus
    • Date: 2014-03-12 16:31:09
    • Razorelus

    Hi folks I,m a cowboy

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-11 10:34:51
    • Swiftafa

    hi Chaffuea. just read your message and glad i was of help . yes, daffodils are spring flowers and theres loads of them around now . my cowslips are in bud outside and should be out soon . i`ve now seen lesser celandine on the grass, wallflowers, 2 butteflies--one was a brimstone, several bees and flies and a ladybird who flew in throuigh the window. not seen frogspawn yet. roll on Springwatch--cant wait for it to come back on tv! you could get I-SPY Wildflowers book and that has lots of flowers to spot. i use my books when spotting--over 50 to choose from on all subjects . cheers .

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-11 10:33:58
    • Swiftafa

    hi Chaffuea. just read your message and glad i was of help . yes, daffodils are spring flowers and theres loads of them around now . my cowslips are in bud outside and should be out soon . i`ve now seen lesser celandine on the grass, wallflowers, 2 butteflies--one was a brimstone, several bees and flies and a ladybird who flew in throuigh the window. not seen frogspawn yet. roll on Springwatch--cant wait for it to come back on tv! you could get I-SPY Wildflowers book and that has lots of flowers to spot. i use my books when spotting--over 50 to choose from on all subjects . cheers .

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-03-05 14:39:33
    • Duckulla

    I love kingfishers but i have only seen one once.