Today it started to rain as I was on my way home from work, without an umbrella. I decided that since I was carrying groceries, I had no free hand for an umbrella, anyway, and it wasn’t raining that hard, and so I was going to have a happy walk home.
Which is about when I saw a bird that looked exactly like the logo of my county, Hordaland’s birding site.
It is the endangered white-backed woodpecker (in Norw., hvitryggsspett), aka dendrocopos leucotos.
Even if it should turn out to be the far more common (and likely) great spotted woodpecker (in Norw., flaggspett), aka dendrocopos major, it was still an amazing moment in time and space. I was surrounded by apartment buildings, other people passing me by, never noticing why I was stopped in the path, and never noticing the pretty black-and-white-and-red bird exploring the bark of a birch tree only 10 feet away from me. But I noticed. And I realized as I watched the little woodpecker that had I had an umbrella, I never would have seen the bird.