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greatspotted woodpecker I believe

Alan4711

Fitz i cant tell the size of it  but it does look like a greater spotted woody

I agree.  They visit my garden in two family groups - one that likes the peanut feeders and one that prefers the fat balls.  Great fun when they bring their babies.

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Dovefromabove

Yes, it's a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker  the males have red at the nape of the neck.

Lucky you - if you want to put food out for it they really like those fat blocks in wire cages, the ones that have insects in the mixture.  

With a bit of luck if they know that the food is there they'll bring the youngsters to feed there later in the spring - the youngsters have red caps.

I used to watch a pair bring the juveniles each year to the feeders outside my office window. 

 

Greater Spotted Woodpecker, no doubt!  I reckon we always think they're going to be much bigger than they actually are!  They're a bit bigger than a blackbird.  Lovely bird.  If it has a red neck patch at the back of it's head it's a male.  The female doesn't have one of these, just a black neck.

fidgetbones

Mine like the pink cranberry fat blocks, best.

flowering rose

it is a great spotted wood pecker and lovely they are.

 

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker, I use to watch these feeding their young when I was lucky enough to work for the RSPB.  It was the best job I ever had!

Just noticed this one. Was lucky to see one of these on my bird table a couple of weeks ago,  fabulous! Not seen it since, what a shame!

Jim Macd
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Yes, it's a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker  the males have red at the nape of the neck.

Lucky you - if you want to put food out for it they really like those fat blocks in wire cages, the ones that have insects in the mixture.  

With a bit of luck if they know that the food is there they'll bring the youngsters to feed there later in the spring - the youngsters have red caps.

I used to watch a pair bring the juveniles each year to the feeders outside my office window. 

 

Yea, we have a pair, they do love those fat blocks you can get from B&M. I make my own but my neighbour get hers from there and they like those better than mine. I obviously can't cook.

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