Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
On Friday, our resident Great Spotted Woodpecker parents introduced us to the kids and they were SO much fun to watch, their inexperience clearly evident.
It won't be long that before the youngsters disperse to find their own way, so these all too brief times together as a family should be relished.
Watch this video and read the accompanying commentary to spot the trials and mishaps they endured on this early outing.
The great spotted woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker with pied black and white plumage and a red patch on the lower belly. Males and young birds also have red markings on the neck or head. This species is found across the Palearctic including parts of North Africa. Across most of its range it is resident, but in the north some will migrate if the conifer cone crop fails.