Saturday, 12 May 2018


Three-toed Woodpeckers have never been an easy species for me to tie down and the couple of occasions when birds have hung around in Maridalen have never resulted in me having a stake out. This may finally have changed with a pair now settled in an area that is fairly well defined although I have yet to find the nest (if they have indeed started breeding). Both birds drum which is not something that I think is widely understood and it can be surprisingly difficult to tell them apart with this male at least having a quite light-yellow crown that could only be appreciated at certain angles. The birds are in an area with a lot of dead trees which seems perfect habitat for them.

female Three-toed Woodpecker (tretåspett) with white crown

male with yellow on crown


male but here the yellow is not visible

is here though

male again

yellow easier to see here

not quite sure what male was doing here

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