Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major, at a garden peanut feeder in Budapest, Hungary. This is the most common and widespread woodpecker in Europe, ranging from Ireland to the very east, and beyond into Asia, and from the treeline in the Arctic to North Africa.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker feeding

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) pulling invertebrate prey (not sure exactly what it is, if you do, please let me know) from a twig. This great image was taken by András Kovács in Hungary.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker female

This female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) turned up in a patch of trees in a steppe landscape in the Kiskunság region, Hungary recently. This is a place I had never seen one before. This species is not a true migrant, but some individuals will disperse at the end of summer into autumn, appearing in places where it does not breed.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Syrian Woodpecker female

Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus, adult female, Budapest, Hungary, August 2016. Gerard Gorman.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

Woodpeckers in Myth, Legend and Folkore

If you are in the UK this summer, and attending the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water, then please drop by for my talk on woodpeckers. Click this safe link for full details!