Thursday, 21 January 2016

Green woodpecker

The other day, during a sunny spell, I heard and saw a green woodpecker at Filnore Woods. 

photo from www.2

They are often easier to see when stabbing for ants in short grass or when flying away with their undulating switchback flight, but the one I saw was in an ash tree.  I noticed it because of its laughing call.  I didn't get the joke myself but the woodpecker was clearly very amused.

Below is a link to Gradimir Jovtchev's excellent recordings of the bird's laughing song and more strident calls.

I have heard several green woodpeckers this December and January.  Is this unusual?

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