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Old Tuesday 6th November 2018, 15:03   #1
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Patch tick

I had a Grey-headed Woodpecker right outside our kitchen window today, a Russian tick for me and very unexpected.

We recently resurrected our feeder after a break to curtail the spread of Trichomoniasis and it came in to check out what was going on. Sadly, it didn't hang around for a photo.
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Six peckers on my patch now.
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The date fits very well for this species which regularly moves in late autumn. I've seen them migrating with thrushes over the mountains and even posted a bit of info regarding this back in 2005.

There is an obvious peak in records at my current local patch in late autumn which has nothing to do with observer effort. More info on this page for anyone interested.
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Thanks Julian, so you think this was a migrant rather than a local bird?

It's a species I'd expected but never even heard.
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If you don't get them locally then this would be a perfect time for a migrant. Might come under dispersal but as I said earlier I see this species at places they definitely don't breed almost every autumn....many species that are traditionally viewed as resident undertake movements that make them turn up in places they wouldn't normally occur.
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If you don't get them locally then this would be a perfect time for a migrant. Might come under dispersal but as I said earlier I see this species at places they definitely don't breed almost every autumn....many species that are traditionally viewed as resident undertake movements that make them turn up in places they wouldn't normally occur.
It's odd that in an old book we have, in Russian, 'Birds of the Leningrad Region', it should be common but never even heard one.

We have a small block (c1/2 acre) of isolated, birch, swamp forest, right next to our kitchen window. When I say isolated, I mean not contiguous with any other local forest which may point to it being a transient.

Three-toed is down in the book as the commonest Woodpecker of the region, I can categorically stat that it's nowhere near the commonest! I've seen White-backed more often than Three-toed, Great-spot is now commonest by far.
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