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Pepperwand Mon 05-Oct-20 22:32:12

Apologies for the rubbish quality photo and very boring question....my dad has been talking about a woodpecker that comes to visit his bird table....can anyone tell me what type of woodpecker it is? I don't know whether it's greater or lesser spotted.

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GreenGordon Mon 05-Oct-20 22:34:32

Greater spotted. Their lovely! Congratulations

Judashascomeintosomemoney Mon 05-Oct-20 22:35:05

Lesser! Lovely. We get both Greater and Green woodpeckers here.

GreenGordon Mon 05-Oct-20 22:35:27

they’re

MayFayre Mon 05-Oct-20 22:35:45

Great spotted juvenile male

GerundTheBehemoth Mon 05-Oct-20 22:37:15

It's a great spotted woodpecker in juvenile plumage (adult female has no red on her head, adult male just has a red spot on the nape). Lesser is tiny and doesn't have the big white shoulder patches.

Purplewithred Mon 05-Oct-20 22:41:02

I thin Great Spotted? Although the way it's sitting is quite squat which is more like Lesser it's got a plain black back? I'm not an expert - our great spotted has just come back today after a summer away which is lovely!

Judashascomeintosomemoney Mon 05-Oct-20 22:43:56

Oh sorry as PP said, greater but juvenile 🤦‍♀️

MayFayre Mon 05-Oct-20 22:44:01

I’m very jealous. I find them absolute fascinating to watch.

Pepperwand Mon 05-Oct-20 22:45:00

Oh you lot are lovely. The reason I ask is because I was thinking of getting him a print/sketch for Christmas but then I got lost down a rabbit hole of woodpecker identification and I'm rubbish at this sort of thing grin.

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tenlittlecygnets Mon 05-Oct-20 22:55:16

Greater speed. They're relatively common. Lesser spotted are rare - and much smaller! See the RSPB site for ID.

tenlittlecygnets Mon 05-Oct-20 22:55:46

Speed = spotted! 🙄

MayFayre Mon 05-Oct-20 23:00:25

What a lovely idea.

Do you know what food he puts on his bird table? I’d love to attract woodpeckers to my garden. I think we’ve only ever had one.

SallySolardel Mon 05-Oct-20 23:03:32

MayFayre

What a lovely idea.

Do you know what food he puts on his bird table? I’d love to attract woodpeckers to my garden. I think we’ve only ever had one.

I have a woodpecker, and he's attracted to my fat balls and peanuts (not in shell)

EBearhug Mon 05-Oct-20 23:09:36

Yes, they're fond of peanuts.

Purplewithred Mon 05-Oct-20 23:58:52

Mine likes the flutterbutter peanut feeders (and so do all the other birds, including the bloody magpies, who learn how to get it however hard I make it for them)

Purplewithred Tue 06-Oct-20 10:06:27

www.bigwildthought.co.uk have lovely t shirts/hoodies/pencil cases etc with Woodpeckers embroidered on them.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Tue 06-Oct-20 10:41:12

We often get great spotted woodpeckers. At the moment they’re usually after the fat balls in a feeder.
They go for anything fatty. When it’s very cold I often make a ‘bird pudding’ for the bird table - a block of lard melted and all sorts stirred in - porridge oats, bird seed, any bits of crusts or crumbs, raisins, scraps of meat or bacon fat, etc. Once it’s cold I put a dollop or two on to the bird table. I usually put some on the ground somewhere for the ground feeders like blackbirds and robins, too.

I swear the GSWs can smell it since they will appear so quickly.

Pepperwand Tue 06-Oct-20 10:46:45

@Purplewithred thank you that's really helpful.

I think it's fat balls he usually uses for feeding the birds, although he gets the odd squirrel and rat too shock

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ErrolTheDragon Tue 06-Oct-20 11:37:14

Pepperwand

*@Purplewithred* thank you that's really helpful.

I think it's fat balls he usually uses for feeding the birds, although he gets the odd squirrel and rat too shock


If he gets rats eating the bird food, maybe he'd like a pole bird feeder?

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