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The bones I would like to find in 2010


This year has been great for my bone collection. Before, I mainly had just rabbit bones, but now I have all sorts of skulls like red deer, roe deer, sheep, buzzards and fox. I think next year could be the best year ever for bone collecting. Here are some of the bones I would like to find in 2010:

  • An owl skull. Owls look cool, but I haven't seen many out on walks.

  • A complete sheep skull. I have four sheep skulls already, but none of them have all the parts - the skull, the two horns, and the two parts of the lower jaw.

  • A cow skull. This would be the biggest skull I have yet.

  • A red deer skull with more than 8 points. The biggest deer skull I have at the moment is this one which was 4 + 2 points. It would be great to find a skull with bigger antlers, but it is difficult because gamekeepers or poachers take skulls with bigger antlers because they are valuable.

Happy Christmas everyone !


Here's a picture my Daddy took today in the roe deer woods near my house.

Happy Christmas ! I think it's going to be a snowy Christmas here in Scotland.

Some strange ice in the woods

Last weekend me and my dad when up to the Pheasant Woods. We had to be careful because it was icy, and because this is the time of year that the pheasants get shot. We found lots of bones, but they were all from pheasants that had been killed by foxes, so we didn't bring any back. We also saw a red squirrel, a group of five roe deer in the woods, and a big deer by itself that might have been a red hind but was probably just a roe.

The strangest thing we found was this strange ice. All the woods were icy, with frozen raindrops on every branch, but this was different because it didn't look like normal ice, but more like white fur.

Dad thought it might have been some kind of strange furry fungus, but he took a bit and it was just ice. When he melted it in his hand it just turned to water without anything inside that the ice formed around. This ice was strange because it wasn't over all the tree, but just over one bit of one branch.

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