Monday, 16 February 2009

16 February 2009

I think that, unfortunately, the great spotted woodpeckers have lost the battle with the parakeets.
I was in the cemetery early this morning to have a good look at the male peregrine, and I thought I'd pass by the woodpeckers' tree to check: a parakeet was sitting on a branch in front of the hest hole, and another one was at the first hole in the nearby tree. It didn't bode well... Later, in the afternoon, I had another look and immediately spotted the parakeet on the same branch. But, this time, I could also see via my binoculars that there was another one in the nesthole as its tail was poking up. Definitely bad news for the woodpeckers. Now I'll have to find where they relocate.

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