I was walking along rural Bell Road, looking for a Vanilla Leaf plant I thought I had seen there.
As I was admiring the beautiful leaves, something caught my eye across the road.
Something kept sticking its head out of a small hole in a large tree. Was it a bird? A squirrel? I sat for 5 minutes ... when suddenly !!!
A pileated woodpecker squeezed out of the hole!
It flew straight at me, and landed on the tree above my head.
She screamed at me, then flew off into the woods.
I think maybe I was being told off - "stay away from my babies" - or maybe ...
She wanted me to keep a close watch while she was off hunting dinner.
I watched for a while longer, then made my way home.
Because I could hardly wait to share this very beautiful and touching experience!