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.

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

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.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major). It is widespread throughout Europe and northern Asia - from Ireland and Portugal to China and Siberia.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major). It is widespread throughout Europe and northern Asia - from Ireland and Portugal to China and Siberia.

Woodpeckers of the World: Picid in Focus: Buff-spotted Woodpecker male

Woodpeckers of the World: Picid in Focus: Buff-spotted Woodpecker male

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.

My husband is an avid bird watcher and this Red Headed Woodpecker was spotted off the deck....one summer day.

My husband is an avid bird watcher and this Red Headed Woodpecker was spotted off the deck....one summer day.

Great Spotted Woodpecker pecking at a tree-stump.

Great Spotted Woodpecker pecking at a tree-stump.

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker - Great Spotted Woodpecker; this is a juvenile bird and has a large red cap.

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker - Great Spotted Woodpecker; this is a juvenile bird and has a large red cap.

Great Spotted Woodpecker -

Great Spotted Woodpecker -

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