30 Days Wild – Day 1 & 2

I have been so excited waiting for 30 Days Wild to start! Last year it made me feel so much closer to nature without even realising it, and that has continued throughout the year. I appreciate the nature around me more than I used to, and notice wild animals and wild birds more: I can identify a few more birds than I could last year too. So, let’s get started with 30 Days Wild 2016…

 

Day 1 – A Walk into Town in the Rain

I started off with an easy one – I walked into town in the rain. Yes, I did have a rain mac on, but I didn’t put the hood up so I could feel the drizzle on my face. It was actually quite refreshing as it was a warm day, especially when getting warm whilst walking.

I also watched Springwatch for the first time this year, as I didn’t realise it had already been on for a few days. I watched the Sparrow Hawk eating different prey on the same log, and the fussy baby bird that refused fox meat from its mother when the meat had any fur still on it.

 

Day 2 – Kestrel Sighting & Bird Chat

Today I saw the kestrel hovering over the bushes and trees by the downs. I didn’t have my camera with me, so I tried to take a photo on my phone but it’s so far away it just looks like a tiny blurred outline of any bird.

I talked to my colleague about how to identify different birds that I wasn’t sure on: swifts (a dark colour, shaped like a boomerang), swallows (long forked tail), house martins (dark back, white belly and smaller tail fork). I have definitely seen house martins and a swift on the downs before. It’s a great place to spot wildlife, and I love it when I can identify the birds that fly overhead or whizz past. My colleague is into nature too, so we talked about Springwatch from yesterday, and I told her my story about the ‘Magpie Egg Thief’ I mentioned in my previous post.

Now to start thinking of what wild things to do for the rest of the month – I want to do something different every day like I did last year, but also try some new things this year. I am going to try to carry my camera everywhere with me just in case I spot some awesome wildlife just at the right moment.

30 Days Wild – Day 6 – Robin With Attitude

Whilst out in the garden today a robin landed above me in the gutter of the garage. It kept peeking over the edge to look at me, while I stood and stared up at it. I whipped out my phone to take a photo, but I think he didn’t want photos today as he disappeared for a second, then reappeared with some ammunition; a leaf that he proceeded to throw at me. It was a good aim as the leaf hit me on the shoulder! This was the first leaf throw:


He then proceeded to hop along the gutter and continue throwing out leaves and dirt, and occasionally pausing to peek at me, before finally disappearing. 

 

Hello All and Welcome

Hello, and welcome to my shiny, new blog. I suppose I should introduce myself – I’m Nicki, and I have been interested in animals and wildlife since I can remember. As a child I always had pets around the house; mainly hamsters and gerbils, and more recently I have kept rats, which are such intelligent creatures that make fantastic pets. I have always liked nature and the beauty and tranquility it provides. In recent years I have started to look more deeply at the environment and start to think of the animals I see in the garden as their own little families, going about their daily business. So why am I starting this blog I hear you ask; I thought I would start a blog to share my passion of wildlife, my journey, and the photos and stories that I come across on the way. Watch this space for more blog posts soon.