23rd November 2014

I watched two female Great Spotted Woodpeckers chasing each other out of the trees and off the feeders in the garden the other day and since then, only one has visited, or at least only one at a time. I wondered if it was an adult chasing a young female but can find no details about this behaviour and in the past, as can be seen, we have had two males feeding through winter without dispute- territorial battles are usually confined to males in

The two females kept chasing each other away

The two females kept chasing each other away

These two males a couple of winters ago were happy to feed next to each other

These two males a couple of winters ago were happy to feed next to each other

spring. Anyway, it made for some fascinating viewing- they were much more intent on aggression towards each other than feeding and between our two gardens there are plenty of feeders to choose from! Conditions: Dry, still day with a little brightness, especially towards mid-afternoon. Temperature: Going down at present- Max 9- Min 3C.

The second female, also very alert

Both females were on high alert during this spell, and didn't feed.

The second  female also on high alert during this spell, and didn’t feed.

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