Great Spotted Woodpecker

I am thrilled to see there are more and more reports of the wonderful Great Spotted Woodpecker in Ireland. In the last week, there have been sightings in Counties Wicklow (8), Dublin (2) and Down (1). Even last summer, there was a reported sighting as far west as Mayo.

I have been lucky enough to see this fabulous bird over the last number of years in far Eastern Poland, on the walking and nature watching trips I lead over there from Ireland. I’d love to get to see one over here.

We were all brought up watching Woody Woodpecker, but to see and hear the little guy actually doing his drumming ‘live’ is just brilliant.

See this article from The Examiner late last year.

See photos from this week from Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, copywrite Dick Coombes, here.

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