Unusual feeding behaviour by Great Spotted Woodpecker?

Published on 20 November 2013 in Letters

I live in a built-up area away from any woodland so Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major is an infrequent visitor to my small garden. On previous occasions, visiting Great Spotted Woodpeckers have either been seen feeding on a red peanut bag or apparently searching for insects on the single tree. On February 27th 2013, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker was observed on a suspended feeder. It extracted a sunflower seed from the feeder, and flew to the tree, wedging the seed in a small crack which enabled her to remove the kernel. This procedure was carried out approximately 20 times, the bird returning to exactly the same place each time. BWP states, in the section relating to the feeding of Great Spotted Woodpecker: ‘In many populations conifer seeds important in winter; cones gathered and taken to “);
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John C Le Gassick, 17 Acacia Avenue, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 6TN; e-mail [email protected]