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Nectar-feeding woodpeckers

Like many people, I have a resident pair of great spotted woodpeckers using the garden and currently busy feeding nestlings. I've noticed over the past two summers that the male in particular enjoys feeding from the flowers of red hot poker, so much so that I've added a few more plants. The flowers certainly seem to be designed with bird pollinators in mind (probably sunbirds in the wild) and he's definately not looking for anything other than a good slurp of nectar.

Anyone else seen this behaviour?


  • No sorry. Ours just swing from the fat balls and have an occasional nibble at the peanuts. You sure have sweet beaked woodpeckers!

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