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buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 18 12:15 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I guess Great Spotted Woodpeckers will travel as far as they need to get food, especially in the winter. My 'go to' ornithologist friend has a great dislike of them, so I daren't risk asking her for more info, but I'll see what I can find from the other birdy people I know.

We have had two different females, and at least one male visiting our peanut feeders in the past week. Quite a lot of drumming going on as well.

SC, yes, black and white mainly with red bits here and there (depending on age and sex).

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 18 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Buzzy, I know lesser spotted have been seen on bird feeders near our woods, so we think they probably live mainly in the woods, although we have never seen them, but didn't think greater would be on them. We hear them a lot in the woods, and sometimes see them. They mainly feed on insects, so didn't even know they would eat nuts.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 18 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Whose home would this be/have been?
halfway down the blogpost (image just too big to post )

https://gzandco.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/beauty-spoiled.html

buzzy



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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 18 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think this would probably belong to a Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) (which, despite the scientific name are not really cave dwellers! )

Henry

buzzy



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 18 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If it was very close to running water (bank of a stream for example) it might have belonged to a Dipper (Cinclus cinclus). Any estimate possible of the diameter of the hole?

Henry

gz



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 18 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

inch and a quarter?
There are wrens about. Its probably too high above the river and too near the road for a dipper.
Pirate thought a field mouse. I prefer wren.

It is four foot from the ground, by an old doorway in the mill, about four foot from the road.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 18 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gz wrote:
inch and a quarter?
There are wrens about. Its probably too high above the river and too near the road for a dipper.
Pirate thought a field mouse. I prefer wren.

It is four foot from the ground, by an old doorway in the mill, about four foot from the road.


Sorry Pirate, but I don't think mice are that neat and would not have their front door in the middle!

I think Dippers always build very close to running water, so I'll stay with my original guess of Wren.

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 18 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would think wren too. We have one built in an angle in the scaffold poles that holds up our log store. It is tucked into the odd bit of plastic tarp that we pad the poles with to stop them rubbing on the cover.

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