Monday, 24 January 2022

Woody the Woodpecker


We all know who he is the little cartoon character you see on the TV well this is a little story about another woody we have visiting our garden


Lets start here, this dovecote was a Christmas Present I made my wife a few years ago after she asked for one, Being as we did not was Pigeons nesting in it I made the doors so that the same birds could use it. and that is what they did, at least the blue tits did which was very pleasing to see. A couple of mornings ago we were woken to a loud drumming noise which sounded like the birdhouse. Looking out the window showed nothing but when we got up my wife went to see what was going on

and this is what she found, peck marks around the holes

which were big

 
The hole ended up looking like this

He then had  a go at another hole enlarging it


I finally caught the little blighter in action




Since then I think he has been looking for a mate and chasing off other birds but the starlings have noticed the holes and are now trying to take up residence. I will let you know what happend.

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15 comments:

  1. Oh dear! I wonder what sort of woodpecker that is. And I wonder why he's picking on your beautiful birdbox.

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    1. He is a great spotted woodpecker, quite a common one though not so around here

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  2. What a beautiful woodpecker you have there. Yes, he's making a bit of mess of your bird box, but he's doing a great job prepping for a family. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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    1. Well he is not doing much of a job looking after it, starlings are moving in

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  3. That's clever but looks like it gets well used.

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  4. Wow, he is sure working his way around that hole to make it bigger.

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  5. They will do that to get at the young of other birds you have nesting. You can buy little metal plates to prevent them enlarging the holes. I think I'd be inclined to sacrifice one door to see if a family of woodpeckers result.

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    1. There are no birds nesting in it at the moment which is lucky but the starlings are trying to move in now. I'm going to make a new one and put plates on it

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  6. After all that work, I hope he gets to keep his house.

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    1. He's not bee about much so the starlings are looking at it

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  7. He sounds like he's doing the morse code. So fun to watch. Heard one last Summer, and the pecking was so fast. Thank you for sharing.

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