Gardening Magazine

A Room with a View

By Danielcarruthers

cheeky woodpecker eating from bird feeder
There are few advantages to being stuck indoors with a damaged leg, but I do have a great view of the birdfeeders and the bird bath and I am gratified by how well-patronised they both are. Blue tits and willow warblers queue up to bathe and I’ve seen as many as six at a time enjoying a communal bath, but on the birdfeeders the star of the show is the Greater Spotted Woodpecker. He is a regular visitor who announces his arrival by flying into the Tulip tree calling a couple of times and then swooping on to the feeder where he refuels at length before heading off into the surrounding trees.

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