Saturday, April 07, 2007
Above - Green Woodpecker notes.
A sunny clear warm day with a light NW2 changing to SE2 in the afternoon.
At 8am I took Bunty for a walk out on the old runways at Boulmer. Later on the beach and coast path will be quite busy with holiday makers so I thought I would avoid them. The fields here were full of singing Meadow Pipits and Skylarks with a few Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers as backing. On our way a female Sparrowhawk slowly flew over followed by a Lesser Redpoll over head, 'chit-chitting' its way south.
On the return journey( its a 'there and back' route from this end) I noticed a bird fly from the grass and head away from me. Although quite distant and in silhouette, I knew this was a woodpecker and, for a second, I thought it was a Great Spot from one of the telegraph poles. Then I realised that this was a bigger bird. Given a closer look through the bins, the first feature I saw was a lime /yellow rump. It was a Green Woodpecker! This is the first record for the site and quite an unlikely addition given the scarcity of the species in the county.
Not a rarity, but rarer than most. My 184th Boulmer species, and 202 for the total ( Still no Coot..).
94. Lesser Redpoll
95. Green Woodpecker.