Friday, March 07, 2008

Old Sulehay Nuthatch

Spent a very pleasant hour in the Yarwell Quarter of Old Sulehay Forest at lunchtime. No Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers but at least four Nuthatches plus other woodland birds including a noisy group of choral Redwings.

Nuthatch Sitta europaea

Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x32

Treecreeper Certhia familiaris, showing long hind toe

Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa

Canon Powershot A640


Jane said...

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Gallicissa said...

I have a question. What makes Lesser Spotted Woodpecker so rare over there ?

Brian said...

They aren't so much rare as elusive. Even in this small block of old woodland there are probably 2 pairs - I had one calling here two days after I posted this entry. But they are very thinly distributed and are shy and silent for most of the year just drumming and calling more in March and April. Sometimes birds visit feeders in the winter in some places.

They are scarce because there is not that much old deciduous woodland with dead standing wood and what exists is rather fragmented.