I had to make do with my first Lesser Spotted Woodpecker of the year. Unlike Great Spotted Woodpeckers he has not yet started drumming or displaying and was most interested in a grub he must have detected and spent over 35 minutes digging out of a quite small branch. Bearded Tits are still present and I glimpsed one in flight although otherwise they only gave away their presence through the occasional call. I saw three different Water Rails in the reedbeds although none paused for me to take a photo.
In Maridalen I didn’t see either Willow Tit or Redpoll but the Great Grey Shrike was still present. There were lots of activity from Great Spotted Woodpeckers and I had very close views of one taking the seeds from a spruce cone.
|male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (dvergspett) - this is an unusual pose as usually the tail is held flat against the tree for support|
|attacking the branch to get at a bug buried deep|
|hear the head is deep in the hole it has excavated|
|this was an old(er) hole on the other side of the branch|
|and he was also using this to try to get to the bug|
|this hole was excavated in a minimum of 35 minutes|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker (flaggpett). Here it has wedged the cone in a rotten tree and is holding it with its feet whilst trying to get the seeds out|
|its long beak comes in useful|
|the cone needed rearranging|
|here the long (and strong) tail feathers can be seen which keep the woodpecker stable when its is hammering away|
|this female Green Woodpecker (grønnspett) also showed in Maridalen|
|the Great Grey Shrike (varsler) was of course on show|
|for once he looked at me|