Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Woodpecker Wednesday!

First visit of the year from the Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major).  He is not a regular visitor, I am lucky if he appears on more than 2 or 3 occasions during the winter.  He is always alone and has never brought his mate with him.  We call him Woodrow.

He always takes me by surprise and has me scrambling about like a mad woman for the camera, which inevitably, is always minus the memory card at the exact time he appears!







For more information on this UK Native bird, the link above will take you to the RSPB website.

Don't forget the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch 2015 will take place on the weekend of  24-25 January 2015.  You can find out more and register here.  It's a fun activity for the kids too!   Take an hour from your day, count the birds and learn about the birds visiting your garden. Last year over half a million people took part and recorded over 7 million birds. 

16 comments:

  1. Great photos Angie... I'll be joining in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch 2015.. I did it last year.. and not many birds appeared when I did it.. typical, they must know and hide! haha :o)

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    1. I've read from umpteen folks that the birds always go awol in time for the count Julie, you are not alone.
      Hope you get lots of visitors this year :)

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  2. We were very excited to see pileated woodpeckers (Woody's kin) until we realized they were working very hard at girdling the birches. What do you put in your feeder that attracts Woodrow?

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    1. Ouch! That must have been painful for you rickii :)
      In this feeder is just plain peanuts although he usually visits the suet logs. This is the first time I've seen him at the peanuts.

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  3. Fab photos, Angie! Congratulations on having a recharged camera and photo card at the same time.That doesn't look like wood he's pecking though - he's either very confused or very clever.

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  4. Lovely - we too get an occasional woodpecker and he always has me scrambling for the camera too. Strangely all the woodpeckers that I have seen have been males. That is the ones close enough to photograph

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  5. Woodrow is a very handsome fellow. Lucky you!

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  6. He looks so smart in his spring feathers, bright enough to attract a mate! We are so lucky to have a family that live in the garden and come to the peanut feeder every day. When they have had their young, they eat so many peanuts, I have to fill the feeder every day, they have me well trained. Yes, I will be taking part in the RSPB birdwatch, I hope they show up for that.

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  7. He's a beauty! This is one we don't have on this side of the Atlantic. In our garden we see downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers, also a kind of woodpecker called a northern flicker.

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  8. Oh he is a handsome woodpecker similar to our downy woodpeckers.

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  9. Thanks for the introduction to Woodrow Angie. He's a fine looking fellow. It's been a couple of years or so since we last saw our woodpecker and I do hope that a return visit is still a possibility!

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  10. Ah, what a cutie! You got some great angles on him. Woodpeckers are hard to photograph because of the way they perch. Nice job!

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  11. I like woodpeckers but have to chase them off when they visit in autumn. The house gables are made of wood under which cluster flies hide for the winter. Woodpeckers love these flies and make holes in the gables. I have had to replace several boards.
    Fortunately, when you are at home, you know right away if the woodpeckers are "at it" because, from inside, it sounds as if the house was being targeted with machine guns!

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  12. Isn' t he beautiful? Well done for getting such a great shot of him. I would be so excited to see one here.

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  13. Our own Woodrow has just returned to become a regular at the feeder. Have you heard yours drumming yet? They started here about a week ago.

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