We are fortunate at Blakemere to have Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the woodlands that surround us. We have seen them as we walk the Fern & Mally, and we have started to have them visit our bird feeders:
Woodpecker chicks demand food from their parents, and they are very noisy neighbours! We could hear a demanding chick, and followed the sound until we spotted a hole in a Birch tree trunk around 2.5 meters from the floor. The chick would get impatient and start to poke its head out of the hole, waiting for its parents to bring it food, so we took a few photos of it! The young resemble Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers with more red on their head:
After a short time, one of the parents flew in, something clamped in its beak. We were evidently too close to the nest for its liking, so we moved further away to watch it come in to feed its young. A photo of the parent sitting on a nearby tree:
As we stood watching at this greater distance, we noticed a Blue Tit flitting back and forth to a crevice in another Birch tree. We could hear the softer chirping of baby Blue Tits within the trunk, as the hole was at head height. The parents would bring food frequently, and rather than being timid towards us, seemed determined to carry on with their duties! We took this photo of an adult removing a faecal sac from the nest:
With the adult woodpecker waiting for us to leave, we thought it best we let it carry on with its day.