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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
What wild sounds can you hear today?