Green woodpeckers, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield
Those of you have been reading my blog will have heard about the elusive green woodpecker. I managed to get a couple of shots off last year just after the young had fledged and, this year, I have been determined to find the nest. Many times, I walked past a woodpecker hole which was just the right size but there was no sign of any occupants. This morning, as I was retrieving my nature cam from the badgers sett, I decided to have a walk along the riverbank. About 50 yards past the woodpecker hole, I heard the distinct call of a green woodpecker with that hollow ring as if he/she was calling from a tree hole. I retraced my steps and then backed off to a nice spot where I could watch with the bins. Within a couple of minutes, the adult male appeared and began feeding through the hole I’ve been watching for ages!
I fetched my hide and camera and within a short time I was photographing both adults. Then an interesting thing happened. One of the adults began spring cleaning, removing feathers and wood chips. I wondered if he was actually excavating to make more space in the nest. Given that the nest is about 200 yards from my home, I hope to see more of them over the next few days. Certainly, there’s a lot of calling going on and plenty of activity now.