Lawnpeckers

27th February 2009, Friday

Despite the presence of peanut feeders the greater spotted woodpecker is only an occasional visitor to our garden, with only one bird noted during the past year on my BTO garden birdwatch list.  Far more frequent is the green woodpecker, and today a bird spent an entertaining hour on our back garden lawn drumming away at a particular patch making quite a hole.

Green woodpecker

Green woodpecker

A pair bred close to our house last year and were frequently seen in the garden – I guess we must have a lot of ants. This particular bird was not put off by my moving about the house trying to photograph it.

The end result was a crater in the lawn, and for once our pet rabbit did not get the blame!

Woodpecker hole in the lawn

Woodpecker hole in the lawn