Day 22: Listening to Wild Sounds #30DaysWild

Hello,

I can’t believe 30 days wild is nearly over. I’ve had so much fun documenting my wild experience and whilst I’ve not documented everyday (partly because during this, I’ve been getting my new house sorted) I have been outside come rain and shine. I’m generally an active person anyway but I think this challenge has made me become more mindful of my surroundings.

Anyway today’s challenge is all about listening to the wild sounds which has been easy for me considering I’ve been making over some outdoor furniture including an old rotting bench and a moss covered trellis which has seen better days!

P.S As I’ve been listening to the wild sounds there’s been no pictures involved so I’ll show you what I’ve been doing instead!

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We’ve so much green in the garden, I thought this would bring the colour out lovely.

Whilst I paint…

In the day time, the house Martins duck and dive past me and squeak rather than tweet. They’re quite protective little creatures especially over their nest. There’s finches flying in and out of the bird boxes and occasionally I’ll hear chicks tweeting as they shout at their parents for their food.   Late afternoon when the sun is rather hot, the bees are buzzing away in the nearby bushes – pollinating and doing things bees are meant to. The Buzzards (I’ve spotted a few Kites too) will sore in the sky, circling over  the hills, sending a high pitched squark which sounds lovely to us but chilling to the smaller animals. Now and then you’ll hear a pheasant who’s most likely been spooked, as it’s the only time they seem to make a sound!

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I love this paint – it’s so easy to use and the colours are vibrant! £10 a pot from Wilkos.

In the early evening, the sheep and cows begin to get louder. The lambs which are growing up are calling to their mother’s and the cows call to one another across the fields too.  In the distance, I can hair a faint noise of an engine and high pitched whistling – this will be coming from the farmers who are instructing their sheep dogs to round up all of the sheep.

As the sun sets, and light fades, peacocks make their distinctive call up the top half of the valley and it echoes on to the lower parts. They don’t call for long and if you’re busy chatting, you’ll miss it!  When I go on my evening walks, I’m joined by a few bats – I hear the flutter of the wings as they zoom past me and only catch a glimpse of their wings quickly before they blend in with the night.

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This is the old bench before it’s make over…

And before I got in for the night (10.30pm ish) there’s an Owl who lives in one of the huge trees in my garden.  Last night he was screeching ever so loud!

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The rose petals are not part of the plan but you can’t control nature…

Around here, it’s never that quiet. Even after midnight or in the early hours, it’s still teaming full of life.  And whilst these projects are now finished, there’s so much more to do, I’ve a feeling, I’ll have a chance to keep listening to the sounds of the wildlife all hours.

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I can’t paint the tops as the Honeysuckle lives here!

What wild sounds can you hear today?

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Your garden is looking lovely x

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    1. Aww thank you! It’s a work in progress….

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  2. treksandtors says:

    Skylarks whenever I’m out on Dartmoor, loads of them. When I was last out I almost stood on one. I realised pretty quick why it didn’t want to move. A nest of 4 skylark eggs, all little and brown (about the size of cadbury mini eggs!!). The skylarks above where making a racket trying to attract my attention away from the nest. They song they make is lovely to hear on a warm day whilst sitting on a tor

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    1. Oh I don’t think I’ve ever heard them, not too sure if we have them here Aw bless the. The seagulls at the beach do the same thing. Last year they were ducking and diving at Belle’s mum as she was close to a nest! Hope you’ve got warm weather – we sure have.

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      1. treksandtors says:

        Humid, close and clammy down here! Forecast isn’t great for the weekend but I might go out regardless, one weekend off Dartmoor is more than enough for me!! Skylarks tend to be on moorland/heathland type terrain. I heard them in Snowdonia when I was up. They will steer clear of any houses and habitations preferring the wild hills

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