Sunday, 13 June 2010

Two Woodpeckers!

Just a written report today as I did not have the camera to hand when two woodpeckers appeared on the bird nuts in the garden! We know that they are the Great Spotted Woodpecker from our bird book. We have seen the adult on several occasions but a couple of days ago realised that the woodpecker on the nuts looked different somehow. It had a very bright red crown on its head and its front appeared much paler than the adult and was a juvenile.

This morning they were both on the nuts together and the difference was obvious. After a while the juvenile left the nuts and flew to a nearby branch to await the adult who then also left the nuts and apparently fed some to the younger one from its beak. Just magic! Will try to photograph them if they appear together again. They are very striking.

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