6th June 2015

Green Woodpecker– having sat in a stinging nettle patch for ages the other day in a vain attempt to photograph our biggest woodpecker species, the Green Woodpecker, I got this beautiful one on the lawn, a few feet from the window of the house I have been in in Sussex! Unlike our other woodpeckers, these feed on the ground, on ants and occasionally beetles. They nest in holes in trees. I love their laughing call or ‘yaffle’ which is the way they advertise for mates as well as hold their territories, unlike Spotted Woodpeckers which drum loudly. This Green Woodpecker is evidently a male, as it has a red patch within the black moustache while females’ moustaches are all black– I’ve never been close enough to see before! Conditions: Sunny and breezy. Temperature: Max 15- Min 9c.IMG_9464

Green Woodpecker, showing its red head and yellowish rump, which is more visible as it flies its undulating flight.

Green Woodpecker, showing its red head and yellowish rump, which is more visible as it flies its undulating flight.

This is a male, as it has red within its black moustache

This is a male, as it has red within its black moustache

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