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“Could I have seen a woodpecker on my bird table?” Yes, you most certainly could, and I’m willing to bet it was a Great Spotted. Although they most frequently nest pretty deep in woodlands, in holes high up in the trees, Great Spotteds often visit gardens and seem particularly attracted to feeders. I have often watched one dangling on a peanut feeder and – since they have beaks that are capable of drilling into wood – they may well shred the feeder before too long. They are not likely to actually damage the metal and wire types, but they will certainly get at their share of the contents, which is fine because they are very handsome birds and a delight to watch.

The males and the juveniles have red on their heads, the females don’t. Just now and then a Great Spotted chooses to nest in a garden tree, and you may have the pleasure of watching them bringing up a family. You’ll soon know when the young have hatched, since the tree trunk begins squeaking! Presumably the chicks feel so safe deep in their dark holes, that they are happy to risk being heard by potential predators, just as long as mum knows they are hungry!” Bill Oddie

Great Spotted Woodpeckers love pecking at Bill’s Finest Peanuts. They’re fond of suet and mealworms too.

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“Could I have seen a woodpecker on my bird table?” Yes, you most certainly could, and I’m willing to bet it was a Great Spotted. Although they most frequently nest pretty deep in woodlands, in holes high up in the trees, Great Spotteds often visit gardens and seem particularly attracted to feeders. I have often watched one dangling on a peanut feeder and – since they have beaks that are capable of drilling into wood – they may well shred the feeder before too long. They are not likely to actually damage the metal and wire types, but they will certainly get at their share of the contents, which is fine because they are very handsome birds and a delight to watch.

The males and the juveniles have red on their heads, the females don’t. Just now and then a Great Spotted chooses to nest in a garden tree, and you may have the pleasure of watching them bringing up a family. You’ll soon know when the young have hatched, since the tree trunk begins squeaking! Presumably the chicks feel so safe deep in their dark holes, that they are happy to risk being heard by potential predators, just as long as mum knows they are hungry!” Bill Oddie

Great Spotted Woodpeckers love pecking at Bill’s Finest Peanuts. They’re fond of suet and mealworms too.

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