Great spotted woodpecker. About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.

Great spotted woodpecker. About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.

Now, where DID that woodpecker go? Bird plays hide and seek with sparrowhawk.

Now, where DID that woodpecker go? Bird plays hide and seek with sparrowhawk

Now, where DID that woodpecker go? Bird plays hide and seek with sparrowhawk.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a bird species of the woodpecker family. It is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a bird species of the woodpecker family. It is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker - I have one of these that very loudly visits my bird feeder

Greater Spotted Woodpecker - I have one of these that very loudly visits my bird feeder

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