Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Green Woodpecker




This colourful Green Woodpecker is a regular visitor to our garden, where she and members of her family feed on ants living in our lawn - their favourite feeding ground is short grass where they can use their long, strong beaks to dig into the ant colonies. You can tell this one is female because male Green Woodpeckers have a red patch inside their black "moustache". Green Woodpeckers are the largest and most colourful of our native British woodpeckers. Their flight is undulating, and their call sounds like someone laughing - very loudly :)

45 fascinating comments so far - add yours here!:

clairejustineo said...

Beautiful shots :)

Samantha @ KreativeKaring said...

Great pictures and interesting colors! Thanks for stopping by KreativeKaring and leaving a comment. I just fixed the linky list if you wanted to go link up also. I hope you have a great day!
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Linda McCane said...

What a pretty bird! And great shots of it...have not seen one of these!

Kris @ Beyond the Whiskers said...

Wow, how do you know so much about these little guys. Neat pic. Does this little woodpecker show up often since you have the type of grass they like to feed in?

Carol L McKenna said...

Awesome photos ~ in USA ~ rarely seen our woodpeckers on the ground ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^ linked with In Him

Brandi said...

Oh wow!! How beautiful! I've never seen a green woodpecker. Great WW picture :)

Brandi
www.yeewittlethings.blogspot.ca

Brenda Youngerman said...

WOW... for some reason I thought their' beaks were longer than that!
Great picture

Tmuffin said...

Holy cow. That is such a beautiful bird! I can't believe you got such awesome pictures!

David said...

Nice, wish they would sit still for me that long! Happy WW Erika.

Dawn @ Guiding Light said...

Beautiful!

Sarah (brattypants) said...

Beautiful pictures! I've never seen a woodpecker that close up before

Paula J said...

We have a woodpecker who pecks at out house at this time of year. Keep thinking someone's knocking on the door lol.

Paula
lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

Lori Bourg said...

Oh she's beautiful, I've never seen nor heard of a green woodpecker, amazing! I took a picture of a red headed woodpecker the other day for the first time!

http://photograph4life.blogspot.com/2012/04/elusive-woodpecker.html

Dave Keller said...

This is the first one I've ever seen. Very pretty bird. Thanks for linking up again. Have a great Easter!

The Green House said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

Happy WW from Jordyn @ The Green House!

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Regan S said...

Neat photos! I don't think that I've ever actually seen a woodpecker

Elizabeth Edwards said...

I've never seen a green woodpecker before! Beautiful colors, thanks for sharing the photo!

Monica said...

She's beautiful...could use a few of these where I live as we always have many ants visiting in the summer months!

Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

Theresa said...

What a beautiful bird. The colors are very interesting. We had a woodpecker that lived in the woods by our old house, though we never saw it. It sure did have a great time waking us up early though :)

royalegacy said...

That is a beautiful woodpecker. I just checked my Bird Book, and that is not one that I can get around my house. Thanks for sharing him.
Danielle

Lori said...

What a gorgeous bird!

Amy Lacks said...

Great pics! Thanks for linking up with The BOAT!

Beth Ann said...

Very neat pictures!!! Have never seen a bird quite like this before!

Will said...

We see many types of woodpeckers around our house and while hiking but I have never seen this one. Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks quite big?

That photo on my WW was actually a scan of a photo I took at least 30 years ago. Those old Kodachrome slides have really held up well over the years. Digital has its advantages, but I will forever miss the quality and control I had using my old Nikons and Kodachrome.

Erika Price said...

Yes, they are quite big and heavy birds - a similar size to a pigeon or a small crow. And it's funny, isn't it Will - despite all the advantages of digital, the quality and control you could get with slides remain unsurpassed :)

Erika Price said...

Ours do too, Theresa! One like to sit under the oak tree by our bedroom window, soon after dawn, and sometimes I could cheerfully throttle him and his raucous laugh!

Erika Price said...

Hi Regan - they're quite shy birds, so you need to be lucky - and quick to see them!

Erika Price said...

Thanks Dave - wishing you a great Easter too!

Erika Price said...

Hi Lori, your red-headed woodpecker is beautiful! We only get 3 types here in the UK, the green one above, and the greater and lesser spotted woodpeckers which are essentially black and white with a little bit of red on them. Thanks for linking up with Erika's Wordless Wednesday :)

Erika Price said...

Oh Paula, that's so funny! A spotted woodpecker sometimes pecks on our bedroom windowsill and that too sounds like someone knocking at the door!

Erika Price said...

Thanks David - it's very unusual for me to catch one, by the time I've picked up the camera they've usually disappeared! Happy WW :)

Erika Price said...

Hi Kris! Yes, we see them often - they only eat ants so we must have zillions of ants in our grass, LOL!

Stacey at Real World Mom-Linky said...

It's beautiful! You took some incredible photos! Happy WW!

Erika Price said...

Aw, thank you Stacey!

GrammyMouseTails said...

Oh she is beautiful! thanks for sharing. she is so different than the ones I see here in WI, USA. I only see mine through the window peeking on the trees & suet I put out for them. none are ground feeders that I know of & never green. she can gobble up my ants anytime :o) Faythe @ GMT~

Diana M. said...

That is so cool! I've only ever seen a woodpecker high in the trees.

retrocollage said...

What a lovely bird. Thanks for sharing these photographs; It's been a pleasure learning about this visitor to your garden!

Erika Price said...

LOL, Faythe - they love ants and I'd send some over for you if I could! Have a great week :)

Jackie said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

Meghan Cooper said...

Oh wow, I've never seen one of those before!

IThoughtIKnewMama said...

Beautiful!

Thanks for linking up!

Helen said...

Beautiful bird! Love the different feathers.

Amanda said...

checking your etsy site now. I am into stamped jewelry...do you make them>

Erika Price said...

Hi Amanda! yes, I do make stamped jewelry - just email me if there is anything in particular you are looking for :)

Laurie said...

Simply gorgeous, that bird. Happy to have hopped into your blog from the other Wordless Wednesday on "Create With Joy".

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