Other fledglings are about the place, most conspicuous today being a juvenile Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Over recent weeks both male and female parents have been regular visitors to the garden, dropping down from the wood across our small valley where I know they nest to feed on peanuts or pick at a fat ball. Today, the fledgling joined them, spending some time being fed on fence and telegraph pole. Head markings are the key to identification. The female's head markings are purely black and white, the male shares the same markings but has a red nape to it's neck while the juvenile has a red cap. This red cap is similar to the markings of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker, though this species is confined to continental Europe, with no prospect of colonisation as they don't migrate, even seasonally.
|juvenile Greater Spotted Woodpecker with distinctive red cap|
|juvenile and male (with red nape to the neck)|