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  • Writer's pictureRoss Henderson

Woodpecker - Nesting

Updated: Jan 3

During the lockdown of 2020/2021, I became much more aware of my surroundings, mostly as I was forced to walk in the woods near my home. I am fortunate to live next to woodland and quite often see Woodpeckers. There are plenty other birds in these woodlands such as Magpies, Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws, plus all the other garden birds - Tits (long tailed, blue, great), Robins, Starlings, etc. On my daily walks in the woods, over a period of 2 or 3 days, I kept hearing a Woodpecker, but could never figure out where it was coming from. It was always in the same place and almost constant. After the third day, I noticed that the noise was coming from a nest near the top of a dead tree.

Woodpecker feeding chick in tree

There seemed to be only one chick in the nest, and the only time it wasn't chirping was when it was being fed.

When I was taking the photographs, I was fascinated to watch the adult constantly flying back to the nest and feeding the baby with grubs. As soon as the adult flew away, the baby started its high pitched call, asking to be fed.

I watched this nest for a few weeks until the baby had fledged.

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