At breakfast yesterday when I spotted a large brown bird on our feeder (RSPB Buggy Nibbles). It was a woodpecker! Had a great view, feeder is only two feet from our window. Can only have been a juvenile black woodpecker.
and ditto from me, too
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Nice one, Graham. That's a great shot.
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It had no hint of yellow and green but I could have been fooled by a juvenile starting excpet that it looked too big and had a white bill.
It was similar to this except that the bill colour is wrong
Certainly bigger than a blackbird. A female blackbird was my first thought but it was too big and the shape was wrong.
Could the bill have been covered in suet? My starlings all have white bills at the moment LOL
sorry but Black WPs are HUGE and just wouldnt come to a garden feeder. They have never occurred in tis country either
When they fly you can hear their wings beating almost like a Hornbill
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Amazing photo by Graham - well done! It looks like a still from an Eastern European stop-frame animation or a German Expressionist film - all sharp angles and dramatic contrast., it wasn't shot in Transylvania by any chance? :)
Black Pecker, sorry but wishful thinking!
Massive, powerful and colossal. Jet black offset by the red on the head. Amazing birds, but never recorded in the UK in modern times and wouldn't visit a feeder- too big for them!
I don't know why you guys are confidently asserting that a Black Woodpecker would never visit a feeder! In the right habitat and with a sufficiently large feeder, I don't see why they wouldn't give it a go. Obviously the right habitat (ie a habitat that contains Black Woodpeckers) isn't anywhere in the UK :) Found a pic of one on a peanut feeder in this guy's blog (though to be fair, he does sound surprised...): josstratford.co.uk/index.php
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Nice find, aiki. It brought a wry smile to my face and the feeder doesn't look that big either. Never say never eh!
I stand corrected BUT that is a huge feeder
Should've remembered that picture, I read thy blog loads!
I still don't believe that te queried bird is a BW however
Nice photo Graham
I wonder if the bird on the feeder could have maybe been a young Rook or Jackdaw? They are regularly decimating the fat ball feeders in my garden at the meomnt.