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I'm back!

Hey there! I have not done any posts recently since the restrictions have gone down a bit and I have been able to see my friends and family, whilst social distincing of course (All though I have been able to do a bit of bubbling) but now I am back! I have seen a lot of wildlife out on walks and just in my back garden but my favourite spotting has to be when I was out on a walk with my grandma and step-grandad and a heron took off only about a two to three metres away!!! I have also been seeing a lot of diffferent butterflys, which are quite hard to identify as they never stay still! I do know that the ones that have stayed still are tortoiseshells,large and small whites, common blue,meadow brown and orange tips. I have also seen a moth that is called a cinibar moth which as a caterpillar can give you a nasty rash if you touch it so don't try and pick something up if you don't know the species!

I have also been watching the live Q and A videos that Steve Backshall does. Has any one else watched them too? Also,have you been able to have the honour of a shout out and mabye even a question answered? I'd love to know! ㄟ( ▔, ▔ )ㄏ

The hedgehog award!

Hello fellow watchers,

I have very recently been awarded the Hedgehog award and I am very proud about it! It is my first award and I am going to try and get the Kestrel award next. I hope that you get your awards too and keep looking out for wildlife! I am also very happy that the restrictions have eased on the lock-down so that we can go out more and see even more beautiful wildlife. I have just been to the river Ouze at Bedford again and saw some adorable goslings!!! Have a wonderful, wild filled day watchers!

Walk at the river Ivel in Bedford

We went to Bedford last Thursday and saw some beautiful wildlife there. There was even a heron that we spotted twice but it might have even been two! There was a group of interesting birds that we thought were geese but we couldn't work out the species. We also saw 2 dragonflies and I tried to catch them but they flew away! The trees were very pretty like the willow and others....... Now that I have been exploring on a sunny day I would really like to have a bike ride there soon and mum wants to go there because there is a coffee shop!!! ヾ(^▽^*)))

Biking in Biggles (Biggleswade)

I live close to the railway in Biggleswade and I cycle up the line path a lot. Yesterday I went up and down the path 4 times and saw 2 cats. Both had piercing green eyes and I named them Shadow (who is black) and Creamy (who is beige). The hawthorn blossom whacked me in the face as I cycled past Shadow a few times! I also think that the pigeons are trying to scare me as they keep jumping out at me! I also saw a few cabbage white butterflies. I found out that they are also called "Small Whites" and there are also "Large White" which I haven't seen yet. Other butterflies that I have seen are small totoiseshell, common blue and orange tips. I hope to see a peacock butterfly soon.

10 Facts about wolves

Wolves are my favourite animal so I've made a fact file about them. Here are my top 10 facts about wolves.

Relation :

1. All dogs are related to the wolf family (Lupus) no matter what the breed. Wolves are also related to coyotes, jackals and dingoes.


Social Habits :

2. Wolves are very sociable creatures and almost all wolves spend their entire life in a group called a pack, licking and burying their noses in each others fur.


Body Language :

3. Alphas (the leader of the pack) stand tall with their ears pricked, heads and tails held high. Younger and weaker members cringe and lay their ears back with their tails tucked between their legs to show they respect the Alphas and know their place.


Communication:

4. Close up, wolves talk to each other using yips, growls, barks and other noises. Howling is only used for long distance communication and when one wolf starts, soon the whole pack joins in with an eerie howl, either to communicate with other wolves or to warn away rival packs. Unlike what most people believe, wolves do not just howl to the moon at night but howl whenever they need to.


Diet :

5. Wolves normally like to eat large, hoofed animals such as elk, moose and caribou (reindeer) but one wolf on it's own would never dare to attack an animal like this because it could be killed by an antler or a hoof!


Senses :

6.

Eyes - A wolf's eyes are more widely spaced than a humans and are set high on it's head giving it a wide field of 270 degrees vision. Wolves are very good at seeing moving objects but find it difficult to spot an animal if the creature freezes in it's tracks and keeps quite still. The back of a wolf's eyes reflect light to help them see moonlight; this helps them see in dim light.

Smell - Wolves mainly track their prey using their amazing sense of smell and remember all the places they have been to using smell, eventually making a scent map in their head.

Hearing -We cannot hear the very high sounds that a wolf can and their amazing super sense lets them be able to hear a ticking watch about three and a half metres away.


Loner :

7. Wolves normally become alone when they are young and have to leave the others to start their own pack or sometimes an old or sick wolf is turned out of the pack and left to fend for itself. For lone wolves, life is tough and they eat small creatures such as hares, mice, birds, hidden carcasses and sometimes even fruit if they are desperate. This is because they cannot attack larger animals without the help of a pack.


Habitat :

8.

Desert -Desert wolves live in dry places like Mexico and the Middle East. Their plain, tawny coloured coat blends in with the sand and rocks of the desert and is also pale enough to keep them cool in the sunlight. They rest in the shade of the rocks in the day and then come out to hunt in the freezing temperatures of the night.

Forest -Timber wolves live in the USA and have black, gray, pale or reddish fur that blend into the leaves and bark of the forest they live in. They eat large animals like moose, elk and white tailed deer and smaller animals like beavers, snowshoe hare and birds.


Cubs :

9. Cubs are born blind, deaf, unable to stand, tiny, helpless, fuzzy and normally black. At one month old they carefully wobble out of the den and get their first glimpse of the big, wide world and the rest of the pack. Soon they start play fighting and then at the age of 18 months leave the rest of the pack with their siblings to start a new life with a new pack!


Hunting :

10. Wolves work as a team to find, single out, bring down and kill their prey. Each wolf takes a different role in the hunt like a sports team tiring the animal they are hunting until it trips and then the strongest wolf (usually the alpha) kills it either with a bite to the nose or throat. Even though wolves are amazing hunters, 9 times out of 10 the hunt ends in failure.


The end

This took me a very long time and once I even accidentally deleted it all! Fortunately I got it all back. I hope you liked it and now know more about this amazing animal!!!


Wolves!

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