You can tell that the weather is warming up. The ants get busy and then along comes this great little guy….
This very smart bird is a European Green Woodpecker, Picus viridis.
He and his pals visit our front garden fairly frequently since we seem to have more than our fair share of ant nests. This member of the woodpecker family spends much of its time feeding on ants, on the ground. Unlike other species of woodpecker, he does not often ‘drum’ on trees.
They are supposed to be a shy bird but I have found them to be fairly tolerant so long as you don’t make any sudden moves. When they fly away they usually do so whilst emitting their very loud and distinctive call.
I had noticed several holes around the garden. Now I have caught the culprit, in the act.
Does he look contrite ? I don’t think so.
Sorry about the picture quality. I had everything going against me. Time, shooting position, through double glazing with reflections etc. etc. I didn’t dare move to a position where I could brace myself. I had already spooked him once as I moved closer to the window.
As it happens, I only had a few seconds after this last shot. The neighbours cat came skulking round the corner and sent the pecker zipping over the fence. All that was left was his laughing call of derision.