I rarely go in the backyard here at the rental. There’s nothing out there but a hillside of mossy weeds for the dogs to run in and a small grouping of trees. Granted that’s on purpose since we decided not to do anything in the yard because we knew this was a temporary residence and we’d rather spend money on something permanent at the new house.
That being the case, it was unusual for me to venture out into the trees to spread some flower clippings. I like to throw things that will biodegrade out into ‘nature’ rather than in the trash can whenever possible. It’s just one more way to recycle in my mind. As I stepped into the trees I came face to face with a little bird peeking out at me from around the other side of a tree. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera on me to get a shot of him checking me out from around the tree and every time I’ve gone back out in search of him he’s no where to be found. I believe he was a downy woodpecker because he matched the pictures I’ve found online for that species.
There is a bird feeder out back and the trees provide a nice little oasis from the suburban area nearby, so I can understand why birds would want to hang around. I found it quite nice to be still and listen to the wind in the leaves while I waited for Mr. Woodpecker to appear.
It’s been almost two weeks with no sign of him. Although Mr. Woodpecker is apparently camera shy, I did spot this little sparrow. He flitted around from branch to branch and then flew off in search of a less populated hang out.
During another visit to the ‘woods’ I discovered this nest in one of the trees. I was excited to see who might be inhabiting it, but I haven’t heard a peep or seen anyone visit it yet. I guess whoever built it has moved on to a bigger tree.
And every time I venture out into the ‘woods’ my little assistant tags along with this “What the heck are we doing mom?” look. I think she hopes we’re on a quest to find the perfect throwing stick and doesn’t understand why mom seems to keep looking up rather than down. 🙂