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Chucky the RBWO has a baby!!

A year later ... have you had new visits by your favourite woodpeckers?

Today, I saw both a Great Spotted Woodpecker a European Green Woodpecker from my office window.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker, a female, carefully checked one of the four holes woodpeckers have hacked into the external insulation of the houses opposite to my window. They are used by Common Swifts for breeding each year, and the woodpeckers only use one of them in the winter. They very quickly and stealthily enter the hole shortly before sunset, and leave it in the morning in a much more relaxed mindset :-)

The Green Woodpeckers are very good at making themselves invisible. I've had the opportunity to observe how one avoided being seen by a Common Buzzard circling above, and it really kept itself at the opposite side of the tree it was sitting on all the time, peering carefully around the trunk to keep track of the Buzzard. I'm sure they also track ornithologists with the same intense attention ... I often hear them around, but it's really rare I can actually spot one.

Recently, I heard an exchange of calls, and then saw one Green Woodpecker fly out of a tree, and in a less than graceful arch and with a lot of flapping but little control back into the same tree. I suppose that was one of the freshly fledged youngs, and I was thinking of your description of "Chucky jr" when I saw that!
Posted Friday 6th September 2019 at 17:45 by Hauksen Hauksen is offline

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