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Woodpecker? Birmingham UK, 16th August (1 Viewer)

stevethehydra

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Here's an odd one. While walking through Moseley, Birmingham, I saw what struck me as an odd-looking smallish bird (maybe starling to thrush size) with what seemed a large pointed bill, perched in the top of a tree in a large garden.

It was a bit far for me to think I could definitely identify it without binoculars and against such a dull sky, but I zoomed in to get a photograph, then looked at the back of my camera and thought "oh, it's a magpie, must have misjudged the size" and didn't think any more of it, until now going through my photos, and thought "wait, that's no magpie..."

With that barring on the wings, the only thing I can make it into is a Great Spotted Woodpecker. But I don't think I have ever previously seen a GSW (or any woodpecker) perching in thin branches at the top of a relatively small tree like that, as you'd expect a starling, thrush, corvid or other passerine to do... (especially as there was a park at the end of the road with lots of big, old trees in it!)
 

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Danielibero

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But I don't think I have ever previously seen a GSW (or any woodpecker) perching in thin branches at the top of a relatively small tree like that, as you'd expect a starling, thrush, corvid or other passerine to do... (especially as there was a park at the end of the road with lots of big, old trees in it!)

Like a month ago I saw a female GSW perching, exactly like your bird, in a poplar, then it flew away to another poplar to perch in the same way. And it had many huge old trees in the park we were...
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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