Saturday, 3 January 2015

A Green Woodpecker, or Peck, peck, pecking along!

When we came in after grocery shopping earlier in the week, I noticed that there was a large magpie in the garden and went to the window to have a look.  The magpie wandered off quite quickly, but then I noticed this Green Woodpecker having a really good forage around in the grass. 

He stayed for a long time so I went and got my camera and he was still there when I returned.  I took a lot of photos of him and these are the best ones.  They aren't that good because he was a ways away and I didn't want to go outside and disturb him and I was worried that if I went for my other lens he would be gone. 

It was nice to be able to watch him progressing around as there was obviously a lot of food for him.  I haven't seen him since and I know that the Big Garden Birdwatch is coming up at the end of the month and he would have been a great bird to include.  If we have a go it will be pigeon, pigeon, pigeon at this rate!   Perhaps the Woodpecker will make a special visit to come back and be counted!

It doesn't matter though as he did come and it was great to watch him and photograph him too.  I hope that you aren't too bored by the number of blurry shots!  I hope that you will be somewhat impressed with the birdwatching Countryside Tales!

















Perhaps instead of the year of crafting, this means it will be the year of birds!

Amy

Edited - Louise explained - in her comment below - that he, is in fact a she!  So I hope that she comes back and visits again and isn't cross at me for not identifying her correctly!!  Thank you Louise for the information, much appreciated.

63 comments:

  1. He is a handsome fellow with his jaunty red cap! I LOVE when something different lands in my yard ......it's rare and even rarer if I can capture a photo.

    You did a great job. What a way to start out the new year!

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  2. What a lovely visitor to have :) It's great to have some photos, even if they're not perfect!
    This one is a she - males have a red patch in their "moustache" and in females, it's all black, as you have pictured above.

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  3. lovely fella I hope he returns for you, he will belooking for grubs and ants, I wonder if putting some live meal worms out he would be encourage to return :-)

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  4. What a pretty bird! I'll have to share this with our Nursing home Dr. He is an avid birdwatcher and has gone all over the world to see different birds.

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  5. hat a wonderful start to the new year, you have captured some rare footage, well done.

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  6. Love your little visitor !!
    Every summer, we have one visting our garden - I always am happy to see him...(or maybe it is a she - I'll keep Louise's remark in mind and look for the red patch !)
    Xxx

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  7. She is beautiful - what a catch! It always seems to be whenever I get an unusual visitor to our garden my camera is nowhere to be seen. Still, I could spend hours just watching them come and go.
    Happy New Year Amy :)

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  8. Lucky you, how interesting. Must remember to do the Big Garden Birdwatch this year, but as you say I bet nothing interesting comes on the day...! Jen

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  9. Well done Amy- they aren't always easy to photograph so I am impressed. She was most likely looking for ants as that's prime forage food for Greens. If she found enough she may well come back so keep you eyes peeled. CT x

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  10. They are beautiful aren't they. We often get them in our garden and I think they feed on things like ants.

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  11. Hello Amy

    Wow, what brilliant photos of the woodpecker. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  12. She is beautiful. I really like woodpeckers (and pigeons!).
    Jane x

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  13. I'm well impressed, what a great bird to add to your list of birds seen in the garden this year. The photos aren't that bad either.

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  14. Isn't she gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  15. That is one bird we definitely don't see in New Zealand. In my yard it is sparrows, starling, thrush, blackbird, mynah, wax-eye, native fantails and tui.

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  16. We have a large pileated woodpecker that's always visiting the trees on our back hill. I almost feel as though I should name him and make him a pet - he's around that much. On delightful days that I should get to sleep in I don't always appreciate his visits.

    However, I've never seen a green woodpecker but she's quite pretty. It seems only right that "she" should be extra colorful!

    Love the pics and thanks for sharing! xo

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  17. "She" is so cute. Christmas colors! 2015: The year if birds...I like it!

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  18. Great pictures - fabulous colours!! X

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  19. I have MEVER seen a green Woodpecker!
    How cool is that?
    Enjoy your Saturday....snow and freezing rain here!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  20. Swit swoo! A woodpecker in the garden! I've heard one occasionally on a walk but never seen one in the feather, so to speak.

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  21. What a lovely visitor. I get them in my garden too - definitely the ants they like here. They can send ages pecking at the ant hills! x

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  22. What an honour to have a green woodpecker in your garden and for it to stay long enough for you to take photos. Every year when I do the bird watch we've had some wonderful visitors in the days before and then in the hour we chose - just sparrows and pigeons:)

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  23. How lovely we have one that visits in the winter
    Clare x

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  24. Really lovely ! I never saw before a woodpecker !
    She is beautiful!
    xoxo

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  25. That is a gorgeous woodpecker!! We don't have this variety, so I enjoyed seeing all your photos. How lucky to get so many shots :) Wendy x

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  26. It's very pretty. Do you know what kind it is? It's not one we'd find here in Canada that I know of. I enjoy birdwatching. It's a nice hobby.

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  27. Amy, I just googled it and it's a European Green Woodpecker. :) I had to find out. LOL

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  28. Wow! How fabulous, Amy. :o)

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  29. What a beautiful bird! Good spotting! xx

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  30. how lovely. we've had a spotted woodpecker once but never a green one x

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  31. I rather like the jaunty red "cap" she's wearing!

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  32. Oh those are wonderful shots. It so reminds me of my first recitation in front of a class...1st grade. "The woodpecker pecked out a little round hole, and made him a home in the telephone pole..The End" I can't remember my cell phone number, but I can remember a poem from the 40's. Go figure. HaHa

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  33. Such a pretty bird! It's fun to see different birds in your garden!

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  34. I just love seeing new visitors in the yard. Our neighbors used to have big trees that attracted many different birds but of course being in the Chicagoland area we never get green woodpeckers. Awesome pictures.

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  35. She is the prettiest woodpecker I have ever seen! Her coloring is just magnificent friend! Wishing you an outstanding Sunday Amy!!! Nicole xoxo

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  36. Isn't he colourful and like me you must love watching out for birds, though quite often they fly away before I can get my camera. Thanks and take care.

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  37. I'm very jealous, I had a woodpecker visiting for a while but never managed to get a photo.

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  38. The green woodpeckers are on my lawn regularly and I am always happy to see them. They pull out the larvae of the leatherjackets which turn in to daddy longlegs, not my most favourite flying insect.

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  39. Wow! I've never seen a green woodpecker!! How beautiful, Amy!! Thank you for sharing "her"! blessings ~ tanna

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  40. Hi Amy-- Happy New Year to you!!

    I love woodpeckers-- but they are pesky! We HAD cedar siding on our house and they were forever drilling holes in it! We had to change to aluminum siding-- I think it was a shock to their little woodpeckers- lol!

    Vicki

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  41. Amy what a privileged sight and cleverly captured, they are startled easily I believe.
    Well done you, look out for her again.
    Helen

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  42. Well, she was obviously finding some good grub. I love bird watching! And especially love when a new one comes to visit. May you have more than pigeons coming your way. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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  43. What a beautiful bird. And the grass is still so green there making it easy to forage.
    I do not believe we have that species here in Ontario, Canada and besides right now she'd be looking for a warm place to hide till Spring...
    Susan

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  44. Very impressed....I've never managed to capture one....not even close! xx

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  45. That's a very pretty woodpecker! I want the woodpeckers to come to my feeders. I moved them so it might take a few days. I think birds in 2015 is an excellent idea, Amy!

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  46. What a beautiful bird. lucky you having her visit. We tend to get mostly magpies as we have lots of cats around but I have noticed a lovely robin recently.
    Happy new year !

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  47. A Beautiful bird! I dont think I have ever seen one. Lucky you.

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  48. Boy or girl, I'd have been absolutely thrilled to see a woodpecker in my garden! The most exotic bird I get is the local sparrowhawk who likes to use my lawn as a dining table :(

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  49. I have some woodpeckers here, including a sapsucker who is destroying my apple tree. He's pretty but he makes me mad. I'm glad you had a chance to get up close to one, they are pretty.

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  50. I love when I see our woodpecker, however I've yet to snap a photo of him! Lovely!!

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  51. i have never seen a green woodpecker. thank you for sharing. only brown, black & white, ones. i hope i am not forgetting any i get to see here in VA. i wonder? they are such gorgeous birds. ( :

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  52. Oh, she is a beauty! I've never seen a green woodpecker before! xo Karen

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  53. Although the photos are a bit blurry, but I can see it is really cute! It is always pleasant to see such green grass! You must have had a great time taking photos of it!

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  54. Such a sight to see. We have one but I've never been able to get a photo. Lucky you. P x

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  55. I have never seen a woodpecker, Amy, and what a pretty bird it is. I always imagined they sit in trees pecking a hole, like in the cartoons :)

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  56. Wow. She's a beauty. Well done.

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  57. I am very envious - I have never seen one of those, although I have seen a spotted woodpecker a couple of times (in 8 years!) on the peanut feeder.

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  58. Great bird spotting! She looks lovely! x

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  59. I've seen woodpeckers but never a green one before... a good zoom/telescopic lens is on my wishlist for 2015.

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  60. Oh Wow -- isn't she beautiful! I've never seen a woodpecker with that color pattern. We get redheaded with brown bodies or downy woodpeckers here. The green is so pretty!!!

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  61. What a lovely visitor, I'm glad your arrived home to see it. Sarah x

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  62. Oh wow! Fantastic, I've never seen one. Only good old Woodrow and his missus... I'm not sure how he'd take to a green one though.

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