Greater Spotted Woodpecker in Black?

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Greater Spotted Woodpecker in Black?

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Hi People,

I have the lovely privilege to have a family of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers in the Garden recently feeding on the feeders. Both Mum and Dad and 4 young on a daily basis however i noticed that one of them is much more blacker on the front than the rest. Is it due to it's age or is it as someone told me a possible melanistic variant.

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The other young

Cheers
Rob

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  • It looks like it has gone down a chimney and got covered in soot! Yes, I would agree with you that it has some melanistic tendencies.

  • Brilliant photos Rob must be lovely to have them in your garden, it certainly looks melanistic from what i've seen on the forum, or it's been down a chimney

    lol cross post with Trochilus

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  • It looks like it has gone down a chimney and got covered in soot! Yes, I would agree with you that it has some melanistic tendencies.

  • Brilliant photos Rob must be lovely to have them in your garden, it certainly looks melanistic from what i've seen on the forum, or it's been down a chimney

    lol cross post with Trochilus

  • Cheers guys, over the next few weeks i will get a better idea if they are still around.

    Considering the awful weather we have had here is Wales i'm happy to see my Garden is flourishing with Birds both Young and Old.

  • Those are beautifully detailed shots!

  • Yep it's the same here in South Yorkshire, but i don't think we've had it as bad as you but my garden is busy from first thing in the morning till around 8ish at night

  • Hi Rob they are some fantastic detailed photos , thanks for giving us a chance to see them,never had one in my garden ,but never giving up hope

    Regards mick

  • They are just the most beautiful photos - I love woodpeckers.  How lucky are you to have a whole family in the garden!

  • What amazing pictures - they are such fantastic birds, lucky you!

  • Wow Rob, beautiful photographs and really lovely that you are having the family in your garden and it's great to see one that's melanistic.

  • Thanks everyone. The only think that becomes slightly annoying is the woodpecker call at 5am :-) but they are a interesting family to watch with there squabbling before mum or dad steps in and breaks it up.

    Also had a new visitor on the feeder a Sparrowhawk and funnily enough not a single bird around.