Name: Lesser spotted woodpecker
Place: Marbury Country Park
Date: 13th April 2017
We visited Marbury Country Park in hope of seeing a lesser spotted woodpecker. Lesser spotted woodpecker numbers are declining due to loss of nesting sights. These are usually taken by the greater spotted woodpecker or the ring-necked parakeet in London. Marbury Country Park is a vast area, and the best time to see one is in spring just before the leaves begin to appear on the trees and the woodpeckers are looking for a suitable nesting site.
A tricky task
Spotting this bird was certainly a challenge…
- Due to declining numbers it is the least common of the three woodpeckers that are resident in Britain…
- It is also the smallest of the three woodpeckers; about the size of a sparrow.
- It tends to nest and feed higher up in the trees.
- Much quieter in its drumming and tapping than the greater spotted woodpecker.
We visited, or should I say searched,the country park on Tuesday; no luck. We searched again on Wednesday; still no luck. We took our final visit on Thursday and our patience paid off. We were merely hoping for a glimpse of a lesser spotted woodpecker. What we were rewarded with was a 30 minute clear view of a lesser spotted woodpecker excavating a nest site! We could not believe our luck!
I hope that we can bring this little bird back from the brink of extinction. If not, I feel very privileged to have seen, watched, photographed and filmed one for my future generations to see.
Video footage of the lesser spotted woodpecker…
A much smaller, and I think scruffier, woodpecker compared to the greater spotted woodpecker…