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Great Spotted Woodpeckers


RonC
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Had a fem GSWpecker on an empty peanut feeder this morning, went out to refill it while she sat in my large Elm tree, hung up the refilled feeder and before I got in the back door not only was she back feeding but the male turned up as well!!

Had a Lesser Spot on the tree yesterday but it never used the feeder, Bramblings are in amongst the Chaffinch flocks across the road from me, just shows how the weather's affecting everything!

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We had a GSW on our feeders last weekend Ron - I was very excited cos I'd never seen one before in the wild - you're dead lucky having two turn up. The birds generally are getting through our feeders really quick at the moment :)

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A week ago, I had a Holly tree loaded with berries, now after a flock of Redwings and Fieldfares have been through there's a few that they can't reach.

I have been buying the suet pellets with insect bits in from Wilko's for them, these seem popular.

It can't be much fun in this weather for them.

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Nice one Ron.

I saw two males and female last weekend, they are simply awesome birds to watch, have yet to see a Lesser spotted woodpecker though. Have seen quite a few green woodpeckers lately, they are extremely pretty birds.

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And always on the ground! We have some that spend most of their time on the airfield here, lots of undisturbed ants me thinks!

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Can't believe it - we had a Goldfinch in the garden today exactly like this one: http://4eyesphoto.co...inch-el-b-gf01/

Di just managed to take a snap of it through the kitchen window and she'll post it up later soon as she's sized it for the forum. I've never seen one of these before so was well chuffed she got a pic :)

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We live practically in the town and don't have a back garden, but we did have a pigeons nest in the tree in the front garden last year, now I've actually seen baby pigeons.

Apart from them we do see the odd blackbird and sparrows, but nothing more unusual.

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We've got 4 or 5 Bramblings a flock of Chaffinchs and Greenfinches that feedunder the trees across the road from the house, Orange, black and white is a great colour combination!!

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It was Ron, of course thats what bought the Bittern out of the reeds, only a quick glimpse again, maybe 10 seconds but thats a lot for such a shy bird.

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If your going to Kelling this year, then Cley-next-the-Sea reserve might be worth a visit? They had 5 male Bitterns booming last year, it's a sound

once heard never forgotten!!

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I went to Cley last year while at Kelling, also Brancaster Salt Marshes.

I have a static caravan at Heacham, which is very near Snettisham, Holme, and Titchwell.

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So a forum not just of stargazers but twitchers as well! We had about a dozen Goosanders and a few tufted ducks nestled in amungst the swans, geese and Mallards on the lake across the road from us and I saw a lonely Water Rail the other night.

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