I'm not totally sure which of the two this is and the picture isn't that great but can anyone confirm which woodpecker this is please.
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It's a Great Spotted Woodpecker. It's also a juvenile which you can tell by the red crown.
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It's a Great Spotted, a juvenile (only juveniles have a completely red crown). You can tell it's Great and not Lesser by the long white blob on the wing, and also the size relative to the feeder (Lessers are about Great Tit size, Greats just over Starling size). ETA - xpost with TeeJay :)
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Lesser Spotted are much much smaller than Great , only half the size.
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They're quite territorial so the juveniles do need to find their own patch once they're independent. They don't generally disperse more than a few km from their birthplace though.
thank you!!! i thought it was a juvenile great but wasn't 100%.
It was interesting to watch him/her stick its wings out and hunch its head down when a pigeon went near..i had only seen this behaviour on springwatch the other night. Really excited!!
just thinking..i know there is a woodpecker down in the woods i'm guessing that is where it has come from..as it's a juvenile could it be visiting and mapping out it's own territory or do they stay close by each other with no problems??
hopefully that means he/she will be a frequent visitor from now on then :)