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Wednesday, 11 December 2019


Early this morning this female European Green Woodpecker came into my garden and fed under the apple tree for quite a while . I then went down to the hide at Bowling Green Marsh to do some birding as it was pouring down with rain . And I managed to see 5 Greylag Geese , 2 Greater Scaup , 2 male and 2 female Tufted Duck , a male Common Pochard , 2 Stock Dove and 2 Eurasian Jay .
Later in the day a male Great Spotted Woodpecker came into the garden to feed on the nuts , I am still living in hope that the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker returns but there has been no luck so far .

European Green Woodpecker ( Picus viridis ) . Topsham . Devon

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Lesser Spot !

This morning around 9.30 I was sat in my dining room when my attention was drawn to the apple tree in my garden and to my amazement there in the tree was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker , I was in shock for short while taking it in !! I then dashed for my camera but I got back only to see it being flushed from the tree by 5 or 6 Western Jackdaws who come into my garden daily and take all the feed , it then flew from my garden to a tall tree at the back of my house , I searched for it for about an hour with no luck but a lot of the gardens are unapproachable , I hope that it returns again as I have been in my house since 91 and have never had a sniff of a LSW before today and never even thought that they were in the area . Only to be told that one was claimed on Bowling Green Marsh a few year ago , also one was seen by Riversmeet House before I started birding in 85 , so as you can see it is a very rare bird in this area....or so we think !!!
As I could not get a shot of it I did this pen and ink drawing of it , I am no artist but I did my best lol .

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos minor ) . Topsham . Devon