18th June 2015

Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. This time of year is exciting, with the adult and newly fledged birds turning up together, but this morning, in this inner city Sheffield garden, was exceptional, with 18 bird species turning up in an hour of watching! None was more exciting than the young Great Spotted Woodpecker, easy to identify by its red cap. Once adult, the red on the head either disappears, as with the female adult, or ‘moves’ from the cap to the back of the neck, as with the male. Take care not to confuse with the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker which also has a red cap but is much smaller, much rarer and has different patterns of black and white on the wings. Conditions:  A moderate westerly breeze with sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 16- Min 11c.

The young Great Spotted Woodpecker with its distinctive red cap

The young Great Spotted Woodpecker with its distinctive red cap

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