Category Archives: Woodpeckers

The Northerners in Oslo

Day One. Warm-up A rather manic day. Facebook status reads: finally made it to little B and B in Oslo after 4;30 am start. Lovely Sharon Garner and Abi Garner took me at 4:45 am to York. Train was on the board … Continue reading

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Vagrant woodpeckers

Couldn’t resist a quick post on this, having seen Scotland’s first Lesser Spotted Woodpecker yesterday. Found in Scalloway (Shetland’s ‘second city’) by Rob Fray yesterday afternoon, it showed exceptionally well near the health centre yesterday evening – pics below thanks … Continue reading

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Siberian Woodpecker?

Varanger’s Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Knut-Sverre Horn alerted me to this very smart looking female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (males and juveniles have a full red crown). It was photographed at Vestre Jakobselv on 26th May this year. Home of OWL Heaven  (to me at least). Same place we saw Tengmalm’s … Continue reading

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White-backed Woodpecker: X Factor Birding

Well Done male White-backed Woodpecker (of the nominate form leucotos), Hungary, June 2012 To all those who had a go and an unusual Mystery  Bird Quiz; one lacking a photo of a bird! James Spencer was the fastest to come … Continue reading

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Flamborough Flycatcher

No Interviews Went this morning. Beautiful conditions before anticipated inclement weather of next couple of days. Hoping, hoping to record a call. Good chance it would be identifiable with a recording. Unfortunately in 2.5 hours I managed less than a minute of views and no … Continue reading

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Wryneck- in the Hand

Spurn and easterlies. 12 August 2011 Would have been hard to predict today. We had hoped for something of course. 2 Two-barred Crossbills seen only by Rael at Kew before they flew off north. Despite plenty of searching not to be seen again. However  a flurry of … Continue reading

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Discovery anywhere… An extended family weekend break. Early April, mid Derbyshire. My expectation of seeing much of an avian nature was (I thought) realistically low, nestled as we were, in a house on the sides of an attractive valley at Ambergate. I was wrong. A … Continue reading

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