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Garden Woodpecker

Observed: 12th July 2012 By: hart.kris1hart.kris1’s reputation in Birdshart.kris1’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Drilling into a dead tree in a garden

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Species interactions

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Sex

It's not really possible to sex woodpeckers until they undergo their first moult out of juvenile plumage. The red cap shows it was born this year; when it moults the cap to black adult feathers (in late autumn/winter), the presence of the male's red nape patch/absence of that in females, will then be evident.

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Woodpecker Sex

Hi ophrys, thanks for the info. very interesting. I will be keeping an eye out to see if he/she returns.