Wildlife Wednesday – On the hunt

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A green woodpecker’s diet consists mainly of ants – adults, larvae and eggs. Happily for this visitor, but sadly for my husband, our lawn contains plenty of nests to raid!

Tina @mygardenersays hosts Wildlife Wednesday on the first Wednesday of each month. Check it out!

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This one appears to be a male, because, although both males and females are moustachioed (fantastic word), only the male shows any red in the centre of said moustache.

 

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6 Responses to Wildlife Wednesday – On the hunt

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    I think this is the world’s prettiest woodpecker!

  2. shoreacres says:

    I never, ever would have identified this as a woodpecker. My first thought was ‘parrot,’ and even after I read ‘woodpecker,’ I still saw a parrot. But I did my due diligence and looked it up, and now I’m a believer. They’re beautiful birds.

    • They are quite stunning, aren’t they? They dwarf most other garden birds, so you’d expect them to be hard to missed. However, they are usually on the ground and you often don’t notice them until they fly up. They fly in a powerful undulating pattern, exposing a golden rump with each beat of the wings. Wonderful!

  3. Tina says:

    Nice shots! Like Shoreacres, I wouldn’t have guess this is a woodpecker. Its lovely though–those colors!

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