04 March, 2012

Pocket-sized Pecker

With numerous reports of Lesser-spotted Woodpecker in Bushy Park in recent weeks, I've been desperately trying to catch up with this compact little bird, but so far to no avail. Locating a LSW is a complete game of luck (of which I've had very little), but in the last few days a pair have been showing on and off in a confined alder plantation in the north of the park. On Friday, it seemed like luck was finally on my side, and my visit co-incided with the appearance of a female, albeit deep in cover.

With any luck, the pair will stay for the breeding season, and I'll try and fit in another visit in the near future as the males begin to display.

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