It’s blowing a gale here right now. On nights such as this I wish the camera crew from a TV wildlife programme would come and set up outside my bedroom. Why? Because I can guarantee that rare and timid species, the rattling coke tin (aluminius irritatus), will make an appearance throughout the night.
I do not know where it hibernates during non-windy nights, but as soon as there is anything over a stiff breeze out it comes, rattling back and forth on the road under my bedroom window in a stop-start manner that is perfect for keeping me awake. Once I even went out looking for it but, I kid you not, it was nowhere to be seen or heard – until I got back into bed.
On rare occasions it has been known to come out during daylight hours, but this was only when I was working night shift.
If it comes out tonight I’ll get some night-vision video footage of it.