4 April 2016

One of five



A male Black Woodpecker at Onuma this morning, one of 5 woodpecker species that were around on a pleasant spring day.

Also around were big flocks of Goosander, a pair of Smew, Whooper Swan, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Brambling, Siskin and lots of Mandarin Duck as well as the usual resident tits and nuthatches.

I made the mistake of staying up to watch the 20/20 final all the way through. Well the first 39 overs were pretty tense at least..................Ben Stokes oh deary me.

At work a busy 2 or 3 weeks beckon, don't know if I'll get out so much. Luckily I'll have some free time when the migration season kicks in.

12 comments:

  1. You would find it hard to see 5 woodpeckers here now Stu. Lesser-spotted is almost extinct while Green Woodpeckers are extremely hard to come by even in old haunts. Enjoy those Black Woodpeckers while you are able.

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    1. To be fair, Japan has a lot more forest than the UK. There are 7 species in Hokkaido The other 2 I didn't see today are scarce and local (Lesser Spotted) or very rare indeed (Three Toed). The main island has 'only' 5 species (the endemic Japanese Green is one we don't get up here) and there is another endemic on tghe subtropical islands in the far south.

      Oh and Wryneck............

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  2. If I could see one woodpecker in the world it would be Black Woodpecker. In two attempts in Europe I have been unsuccessful.

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    1. I hear they're getting commoner in NW Europe these days.............

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  3. Those black woodpeckers are very minimalist; stunning.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Wilma............

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  4. Super Woody. I barely follow and cricket anymore. Not permitted in this part of the world.

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    1. Thanks Russell. You can watch online feeds of live cricket pretty easily actually.................

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  5. Hi Stu, great pics again, Haven't seen a lesser spotted woodpecker since Penwortham!!! Lot's of Greens in this area and a few Great spotted. There was an interesting article about Marshside in last Sat's Times I didn't realize they had a visitor centre etc, shows how long it is since I was there. ;-)

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    1. Hi Deerek, yes it has a visitor centre as well as Avocets and Little Egrets, little did we expect to see them there 30 odd years ago.......

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  6. What a handsome Woodpecker. I hope you don't get too busy at work to enjoy some spring!

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