Day 26 – Great Spotted Woodpecker

A Species a Day

This weekend is the RSPB’s Great Garden Birdwatch 2020 where every year people up and down the UK spend an hour noting down what birds visit their gardens. This year, my parents surveyed our back garden (I still live with them, please can I get a permanent job in conservation or ecology so I can move out, pretty pleeeeeease?!) and it gives them a chance to practice their bird watching skills and to knowing what species visit. So with this in mind I’ve picked one of the birds they saw yesterday during their survey.

What: Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major (Linnaeus, 1758)

When: 25th January 2020

Where: My garden, Poynton, Cheshire, UK

Who saw it? My parents

How was it recorded? On the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch survey.

Is it bigger than a blackbird? About the same, maybe a little smaller.

What is it? The UK’s commonest species of woodpecker…

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