Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker (female), Wollaton. There was a lot of small bird activity in the Alders by the lakeside including Blue Tits, Goldcrests, Siskin (30+), Treecreeper and Nuthatch. I casually scanned the tree tops and to my great surprise spotted the small woodpecker moving up an Alder trunk. It was constantly on the move and soon flew to the island where it rested a little and began to preen. It then gave its classic Kee-kee-kee call and flew off over the opposite woods. I tried to relocate it unsuccessfully.
I have lots of pages like this - incomplete fragments of birds that move off before I can finish the drawing. These were a flock of Siskin feeding on Alders at Wollaton. Fast moving, restless birds. Tricky to sketch.

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