|Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)|
|Lesser Spotted Woodpecker|
We have three Woodpeckers in the UK . The Green Woodpecker has a lovely laughing call giving it the nickname of Yaffle. The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is a much rarer bird to see as it is only the size of a sparrow and usually feeds quite high up in the trees. By far the easiest to see on my patch is the Great Spotted Woodpecker. It is quite a common bird locally and although I have seen all three in the Cheshire woodlands this is the only one I have managed to get images of as it will come to feeders. The male is identified from the female by his red nape patch and at this time of year I often hear them drumming on the trees in my local woods making them fairly easy to track down.