“I threw myself into the delighted atmosphere of the moment with great joy.” The Mermaid and The Bear by Ailish Sinclair
Sit in the forest long enough and you begin to see through animal eyes. As the fog of mindlessness starts to clear, thoughts flow away like water, cascading down the mountainsides into the valleys, seeping into the soil, deep into the core of the Earth to be purified, cleansed, reborn into the world. Beginning again as you did when you were a child, but with the knowledge and wisdom of age. Now you are free, ready for civilization.
Nature’s Silent Message
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun. And find your shoulder to light on, To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond. -Irish Blessing
Pileated Woodpeckers battle for ownership with Wood Ducks, European Starlings, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, and Great Crested Flycatchers. Occasionally bats and swifts share roost cavities with Pileated Woodpeckers.
Weeks # 6 & #7 No Sight of the Pileated Woodpecker Pair
My hope is they found a quiet space to raise their young
Week #5 observing and recording a video of a wild pair of Pileated Woodpecker who choose to nest in a pole on Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary property.
The European Starling nest is not vacant as two of the fledges are learning to forage for food for themselves from a lower cavity their parents have left. And the honey bees are a rich source located in a cavity between theirs and the Pileated Woodpeckers cavity at the top of the pole.