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Can anyone help identify what bird this is?



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  • Dan.troDan.tro Posts: 7

    greatspotted woodpecker I believe

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Fitz i cant tell the size of it  but it does look like a greater spotted woody

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,631

    I agree.  They visit my garden in two family groups - one that likes the peanut feeders and one that prefers the fat balls.  Great fun when they bring their babies.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025

    Yes, it's a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker image the males have red at the nape of the neck.

    Lucky you - if you want to put food out for it they really like those fat blocks in wire cages, the ones that have insects in the mixture.  

    With a bit of luck if they know that the food is there they'll bring the youngsters to feed there later in the spring - the youngsters have red caps.

    I used to watch a pair bring the juveniles each year to the feeders outside my office window. image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025

    Snap Obelixx image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,237

    Mine like the pink cranberry fat blocks, best.

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    it is a great spotted wood pecker and lovely they are.


  • Female Great Spotted Woodpecker, I use to watch these feeding their young when I was lucky enough to work for the RSPB.  It was the best job I ever had!

  • Just noticed this one. Was lucky to see one of these on my bird table a couple of weeks ago,  fabulous! Not seen it since, what a shame!

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