A 30 second video clip of a female Great Spotted Woodpecker at a garden feeder, although a very special first for me, would have taken the limelight away from a star sighting in my lengthy last post. So yes, you were right Sue, the ‘W’ was for Woodpecker too :-)
What’s really special about this video capture is that it highlights the one concern I have about seeing quite few glimpses of this nervous, exciting to see, bird at my feeders. Nesting time is my concern. The Woodpecker will raid nests and nestboxes for eggs and young and I have a nestbox in my garden that is favoured by the little Blue tit which is seen above feeding happily with the Woodpecker.
Oh dear… it’s a case of being careful with what you wish for. Introducing our new (shy) regular at the bird feeders, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker…
Seeing as it’s the weekend, I’ll keep this short like my video clip above. If you’ve more time and missed my last ‘I spy’ post you can see it here. The photos here are screen captures from the video clip. My weekend challenge is to capture photos with my camera – if I’m quick enough. If it’s dry I might get some garden tidying up and the winter duvet on my Gunnera to protect it.
Wishing you a great weekend :-) I know at least one other blogger that is trying to capture video footage of a Great Spotted Woodpecker at garden feeders - Good luck John! Have you any challenges and garden works planned? Lol... Mrs Woodpecker below is thinking about it ;-)
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2012.