The Daily Bird #331.

A Greater Spotted Woodpecker from Charly, such a beauty! “This time it is a male. He has a strategy for cracking the sunflower seeds, which I was lucky enough to capture – he picks them one by one, places them in a nook between one column and the elevated edge of the feeder bottom where he hammers them to bits. I find this to be quite clever of him, he is the only one whom I spotted to do this and it was not a fluke – he did this multiple times, on the same spot.” That’s one thing that makers of bird feeders don’t take into account, all the birds who use the shove in a crevice and hammer method to get at the nutmeat. A good feeder has some nice cracks or crevices built in! Click for full size.

© Charly, all rights reserved.


  1. kestrel says

    That is very clever of him! Here, the nuthatches do that, and they use cracks and crevices in bark of the tree.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Beautiful pictures.

    This is one of the most common woodpeckers here, called käpytikka, that is cone woodpecker, because outside of summertime they eat seeds from conifer cones, which they apparently put into crevices in trees and hammer them to get to seeds.

    The illusion of movement is strong in the last one​.

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