Great Spotted Foodpecker

An unexpected visitor in the garden. Not the most likely candidate to spot when hanging out food for the birds after snowfall.
Dendrocopos major, a female, enjoys a little peck. It is by far the biggest bird able to eat from the balls. Usually nothing bigger than Parus caeruleus, Passer domesticus, Erithacus rubecula or Parus major come and have a little nibble.
This female Great Spotted Woodpecker has been stalking the garden for a couple of weeks now and two days ago when Dr Livingstone and I were in the kitchen we saw two of them in Mr Moleslayer's walnut tree. They were too quick and nimble for me to discern if it was one of each sex.
I can hear them making those drumming sounds in the woods.

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