Bijdrage voor een Engelstalige site, van bomen-volgers. Het idee erachter is om 12 maanden lang 1 boom te volgen. Wij hebben de grote wilg in de achtertuin gekozen.
Easy to spot in the bare willow tree. This male great spotted woodpecker lives in the tree in the back of our garden. Once you know how they sound, you can hear them a lot: at first I thought a black bird was making a “one-syllable alarm call ” . Again and again. But it turned out to be the regular sound of the gread spotted woodpecker. And with the feeder filled with peanuts it is also not difficult to spot them. Around mid-januari, I took this foto of a single male. Today I saw a pair together. And last summer we saw a familie of five. We noticed that for quite a while after fledging the young woodpeckers stayed together. An old, rough stemmed willow tree is a perfect living area for these flamboyant birds.
For the first time this year we heared the drumming sound of the woodpecker. Just once on januari 16th.