This week I am on-call from work again so trips any distance from the house are completely out. As tonight proved though this isn’t always a bad thing. A quick walk up the hill out back after work quickly led to a mystery as I could hear a strange bird call coming from nearby fields. I searched in vain for a while until all became clear as a Green Woodpecker flew overhead closely followed by another. They stayed briefly in a nearby tree before moving on to the telegraph poles which seemed to be much more to their liking. They were however very flighty which meant that pictures were difficult but I did manage to get a couple of decent distant shots.

12236 - Green Woodpecker, Pontarddulais
12237 - Green Woodpecker, Pontarddulais
12238 - Green Woodpecker, Pontarddulais

Also out and about were several small flocks of Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Despite my best convincing techniques I just couldn’t turn one of the male Greenfinches into a Crossbill. Well, I can dream can’t I?


Richard King · April 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

Great stuff. I've never seen them on telegraph poles, or any woodpeckers doing that!

Adam Tilt · April 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Nor me! First time I have seen Green Woodpeckers up on anything actually as normally I see them feeding on the ground.

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