• Brian Gort Wildlife

Wildlife Trail Camera - Garden 24.4.2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden

Great Spotted Woodpecker’s are a daily visitor the garden now.

The female GSW every single day without fail, but the male GSW not so often for some reason?

I’ve spend a long time offering specific foods out for them, and now I make my own mix for them to paste into their feeding notches on the tree. Primarily the mix is made from a couple of blocks of lard, a jar of crunchy peanut butter, porridge oats and crushed insect suet pellets. They can’t get enough of it, as well as the blackbirds, magpies, robins, great tits and coal tits!

I also hang a mix of fresh peanuts and suet pellets from the trunk (which the squirrels seem to enjoy!)

The GSW is about blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.


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