Welcome to day 6 of the 30 Days Wild challenge. The weather today has been odd. First it started off as a glorious sunny morning, but it wasn’t long before the blue sky turned dark and moody. It suddenly felt like we had gone back to winter as the heavens opened and down lashed hailstones at high force. The rest of the day consisted of dark looming clouds and intervals of rain. Now most people probably run inside where it’s warm and dry but I decided to embrace todays weather and I sat for a bit enjoying the rain cascade over me. I watched a crane fly take cover under a leaf and an ant scurrying past me to get to a dry safe place.
Finally the rains pasted and this afternoon I filled up the bird feeder again. They are going down so quick with so many birds visiting. No sooner had I filled up the peanut feeder when our regular great spotted woodpecker came down for a feed. I love watching him on the feeder, he is such a character and never takes any hassle from the starlings that squabble around him. Today was different though. I had to rub my eyes at first as I thought I was seeing double. There before me was not only the male but his young fledgling. It was such a beautiful sight to see. The young woodpecker squeaked so loudly to be fed and fluttered it’s wings to get attention. I don’t think I have ever seen a woodpecker fledgling being fed before and it was an amazing thing to watch.
If seeing that wasn’t awesome enough I then had a second surprise. The postman came to the door delivering a parcel for me. Apparently my fella had decided to buy me a special gift as he loves reading my blogs as well as looking at all the photos that I take. Eagerly I unwrapped the cardboard box and there i was…
A Bushnell Natureview Live View wildlife camera.
I know I have already got a wildlife camera but this one was special. It has a live viewer with it. No longer will I have to guess which direction the camera is facing, narrowly missing out on important shots. I will be able to actually see which spot the camera is pointing at for once.
I can’t wait to use it and I’m seriously hoping that I may be able to get some footage of the fledgling woodpecker, so fingers crossed.
The day has been full of surprises and I’m looking forward to seeing what delights tomorrow brings.