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Lesser or Great Spotted Woodpecker?

Devon 2014

Lesser or Great Spotted Woodpecker?
Benosaurus, 30 Jun 2015
    • Benosaurus
      Devon 2014
    • TeaLovingDave
      Yeah this is a juvenile Great Spotted :)
    • gentle lemur
      The size is the other indication, unless those are the world's smallest peanuts it cannot be a Lesser Spotted.

    • Macaw16
      When it gets older you will be able to determine its sex, but all juveniles have a red crown.
    • Bele
      I currently have juvenile GS woodpeckers feeding on the peanut feeder in my garden , it does not take them long to learn how to do this .
    • Pertinax
      You will never( hardly ever anyway) see Lesser on a peanut feeder either.

      Lesser has declined drastically in recent years, while Greater has increased by 300% + Coupled with that, Greater will actively predate chicks of Lesser by digging them out of the nest.:(
    • Benosaurus
      Damn! The smaller size of the juvenile and the red cap fooled me. So I'm still yet to ever see a Lesser :( and very rarely get a fleeting glimpse of a Great.

      It's the Greens that are by far the most common around by me.
    • Pertinax
      Lesser can be very hard to see, even more so since the population has crashed. Best time is spring before leaves are on the trees. They are tiny sparrow-sized birds and stay high in the tree canopy almost the whole time. Not bold and easy to see like Greater. Listen for weak drumming- softer than Greater's and dies away at the end, not stopping abruptly. Also call 'kee kee kee'(like Kestrel) not shared with Greater.
    • Macaw16
      I'm yet to see a Lesser, and only ever seen a Green once (I don't believe the is much appropriate habitat near me), but then I don't see Great very often (I got some great views of some the other week, shame I didn't have my camera though :().
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