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July 3, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker r

For all the woodpecker fans out there here’s another one.  This time it’s the Green woodpecker.  Great bird, very shy and quick to fly off.  Here it is eating ants from between the bricks.  I’m sorry to say the chances of me completing the set with a shot of the Lesser spotted woodpecker are somewhere around nil.  If I did manage it, I’d be as happy as a dog with two tails but it ain’t gonna happen. Only in my dreams.



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  1. Mike Howe / Jul 4 2013 10:50 am

    Great to see, such an increasingly rare sight and such beautiful birds. I hope their numbers recover…:)

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 4 2013 11:06 am

      Thanks. I agree. Many birds and other animals we once took for granted are becoming a rarer sight. Who would have thought a few years ago we would be concerned about the number of starlings or sparrows for example?

      • Mike Howe / Jul 4 2013 11:11 am

        I know, despite the best efforts of some (but too few), and the complacency and ineffectiveness of government (don’t get me started on agri-environment schemes) we have a situation, as you say, of once common birds, butterflies, bees disappearing from our countryside. I think to most people the countryside looks green and big, so they think it’s ok. To others with a bit more insight, the colour (represented by diversty of plant and animal species) has been washed out. But we keep doing our bit and hope things turn around 🙂

  2. godspoetbychoice / Jul 7 2013 11:37 pm

    We often see a lot of red headed woodpeckers on our farm in Ontario, Canada but I have never seen a green headed one!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 8 2013 7:57 am

      Yes, the Green woodpecker is very handsome. Quite a big bird with a lovely ‘laughing’ call.

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