Posts Tagged ‘green woodpecker’

A woodpecker in the roses

July 23, 2016

I love the woodpeckers – and indeed the other birds that visit our garden. But woodpeckers, both green and spotted are special if not uncommon. We are accustomed to the green peckers getting down to business on our lawn, picking ants out of it. We are accustomed to them on tree trunks, telegraph poles or fence posts – just hanging out. But I was surprised by this one which perched in a rose climbing over a pergola.


The astute might recognise that this is not just rose. There is a grapevine as well.

What a marvellous scene and once again I can talk of my luck in being able to sit at our meal table watching this kind of thing.

I had a camera to hand because a few minutes earlier a red kite – not yet a common sight here = had flown over. By the time I had my camera it was gone and as yet I haven’t seen it again. But the camera was there for our woodpecker friend.


December 6, 2012

I’ve been looking up ‘nerd’ on the internet. It seems I may not really be one at all, but I’m quite prepared to be a ‘happy nerd’. It seems nerds should be interested in games like Dungeons and Dragons and utterly besotted with gizmos. I have no interest in trading cards, fantasy games, role play games or all that much in Sci Fi. These are said to be nerdy topics. In fact it seems that my broad width of interests renders me a non-nerd. I’m not obsessed with any one topic. I’m obsessed with dozens of them.

I was going to say that nerds aren’t interested in birds but I see a sub species exists – the bird nerd – a person keen to show their ability to identify all birds, seen or unseen. This shouldn’t be confused with a nerd bird which is, apparently, an aircraft flying between two Hi-tech locations.

I do have enough knowledge to identify most birds that come into my garden. Amongst my favourites are the green woodpeckers. It’s a rare day when I don’t see one for most days they come down onto the lawn and seek out ants with their long, strong bills. If they come close enough and the lighting is good I’ll try a photo. This one was on December 3rd 2012.


What a beauty. We can watch these birds through the season and they have now recovered from the hard, body wrecking task of raising the 2012 family. They look magnificent. Why, I wonder does a bird have such a striking mix of colours. It’s just gorgeous.


Now why would I want to be interested in role playing games when I can look out of the window and see that?