At 9pm last night I took bennyboy around the edge of the estate over Monks Ridge and along the leafy gardens of the pastures near the common. Just in front of me something dropped out of one of the Cherry trees and a bird which had dropped it flew down on to the ground...a Juvenile Green Woodpecker. It sat motionless on the ground for over a minute about 8 feet away... a missed opportunity of a good photo but the camera was at home. Worse was to come, the bird flew vertically up onto the bough of the Cherry tree about 9 feet up where it joined an adult male. Both birds sat on the branch peering down at me and the dog. After about five minutes they flew along the gardens...I'll probably not see a sight like this again up here but I will always take the camera with me even for the shortest of walks.
P.S this post may be wasted on anyone south of the Tyne but sightings of Green Woodpeckers locally are a rare treat!