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PostSubject: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:04 pm

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In late winter and early spring male great spotted woodpeckers are out head-banging. You'll notice them especially in the early morning as they beat out a repetitive "rat-a-tat-tat" sound on a dead branch or tree trunk with their beaks.

This beak bashing is drummed out at around 15 beats per second. It's a kind of woodpecker 'Morse code' only much faster. The noise is telling other male woodpeckers to clear off, this is his space, and only interested female woodpeckers should approach

Scientific name: Dendrocopus major

Size: Approx 25cm

Distribution: Found in England, Scotland and Wales

Months seen: All year round

Habitat: Woodlands, parks and gardens

Food: Invertebrates, seeds and nuts

Special features: Great spotted woodpeckers are the UK's most common species of woodpecker. They're sometimes called 'pied woodpeckers' because of their black and white colouring.


Both the male and female birds have a vivid red patch under the tail, but only the males have a red patch at the back of the neck. Juvenile birds have a red patch on top of their heads.

In late winter and early spring great spotted woodpeckers are very audible, as the males perform their annual territorial drumming solo. This is to tell other males to keep out of their patch of the woods.

Great spotted woodpeckers make their nests by chiseling out a hole in a tree trunk with their beaks. Their strengthened skulls help to cushion the blows. The female lays up to seven eggs, which are all white in colour.
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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:27 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:44 pm

We are lucky we have the Greater Spotted, Lesser Spotted and Green Woodpeckers at Marbury Country Park - you can here them tapping on the trees at the moment x
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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:48 pm

i love hearing them, lovely noise! makes me feel summery for some reason xx

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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:23 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:44 pm

Beautiful looking birds .x

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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:52 pm

iv spotted a wood pecker in my works garden...with their little red heads banging back and fourth...
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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:49 am

That sounds dirty from you Tayer!
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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:06 am

Ha ha ha ha ha....

That has tickled me good and proper... I cannot even comment on the original post now!

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PostSubject: Re: Headbangers   Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:33 am

Bet you are thinking of a different red head!
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