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some kind of woodpecker?
6th Feb 2006, 14:36   | tags:,,,

Twiglet says:

Yes, this is a green wood pecker as opposed to the spotted kind. They both have red heads though.

6th Feb 2006, 14:39

Rich says:

What Twig said, just had it confirmed by Pete next to me.Very lovely. Yay Thickthorn wildlife!

6th Feb 2006, 14:40

mat says:

Wow. I dont' think I've seen a woodpecker in the wild before. Kingfishers, yes, but not woodpeckers.

Can't stop looking out the window now, in case it comes back. I'm more interested in seeing the Jay again though, they're just stunning.

6th Feb 2006, 14:50

Twiglet says:

I envy you seeing Kingfishers. I've only once had the most fleeting glimpse.

6th Feb 2006, 14:52

mat says:

there used to be a pair near where I used to fish. they were far better fishermen than I... :)

6th Feb 2006, 14:58

Twiglet says:

You're in East Anglia aren't you? We holidayed in Suffolk last year just for the nature watching. Great bird life, including spotted woodpeckers but we also saw loads of Hares and best of all a stoat.

6th Feb 2006, 15:01

mat says:

East Anglia, yes. I used to live in South Cheshire though, which is where I saw the kingfishers.

There's a stoat/weasel lives in the field next to us, I see it from time to time. And a hare, come to think about it. Not to mention the deer in the woods at the bottom of the garden (deer eat our raspberries, the buggers!).

I've seen mink in Cambridgeshire and (once) a Polecat in Devon. That was one of the most beautiful creatures I've ever seen in the wild.

6th Feb 2006, 15:10

Twiglet says:

We actually have badgers around here. I haven't seen one yet but the Beloved had one cross the road in front of the car in the small hours. And urban foxes..........loads and loads of them.

6th Feb 2006, 15:15

Viv says:

Seems to me that woodpeckers are on the increase - not seen a green one since I lived in Shropshire (pre H & B) but apparently there are some on the riverbank and they're quite noisy - so said a local dogwalker and amateur wild life expert as he pointed some dabchicks out to me - but I keep seeing a spotted one
Not seen a jay since I lived in Norfolk

6th Feb 2006, 15:17

mat says:

Badgers and foxes, I used to (literally, one time) fall over on my way home from the pub, where I used to live. They were all over the place.

Never seen any round here though - smelt foxes and heard them, but never seen. There's some evidence to suggest badgers living further down the wood from here, but I've never seen one. Never seen any squirrels either, which is odd considering the amount of old Oak around here.

Bats though. We've got tonnes of bats.

We do well for wildlife here, it's one of the reason I like living where I do so much.

6th Feb 2006, 15:20

Dhamaka says:

great shots!

I was amazed the first time I heard a woodpecker. It was near where I live which has green bits but is mostly houses and it sounded so like a mechanical drill I wouldn't have known had a woman with her dog not pointed it out to me

6th Feb 2006, 16:45

Viv says:

Don't see foxes here but see them nearly every time I visit my parents in Nott - used to get them in Bristol too
We get bats too

6th Feb 2006, 16:58

backwards lamb says:

oooo bats are fantastic

6th Feb 2006, 17:00

afternoon says:

Don't you know the difference between a stoat and a weasel?

A weasel is weasily recognisable but a stoat is stoatally different.

7th Feb 2006, 00:36

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7th Feb 2006, 07:14

Euphro says:

I think that green woodpeckers are definitley on the rise. They have this amazing half-crying/half-laughing call. I've never managed to see one as close up as your top shot. That's amazing :)

12th Feb 2006, 10:23

tullis says:

I saw an albino squirrel a few months back, outside my old school in Hastings.

15th Feb 2006, 17:39