Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Saturday 5th April 2008

On a mainly sunny day, though not as warm as yesterday, Andy and I spent a couple of hours at Highnam Woods RSPB. The star bird was this female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (above) from the path just above the pinetum at SO774198, giving stunning views and calling for several minutes. Drumming was also heard briefly a short distance away before we saw this bird. Other birds included a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Stock Doves, three Buzzards, three Blackcaps, several Chiffchaffs and a Raven.

Along the canal south of the Pilot at Hardwicke later there were five Sand Martins and a Kingfisher.

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