Great excitement as we sat watching the football match, (which was not exciting!) when a Great spotted woodpecker arrived on the peanut feeder right outside the sitting room window, and only 12 inches from the glass. They are such beautiful birds and it was a delight to see one so closely. The visitor was a female, lacking the red cap on the head that the males possesses, and which can be seen in the top photograph..because naturally, there was no camera handy.
Fortunately for me, the bird visited again later and there was a camera handy, so this picture is of the very woodpecker that seems to like our peanuts. The scale is difficult, but the bird is bigger than a blackbird, and more heavily built. It’s a bit clearer if you click on the picture.