Sunday, 17 March 2013

Spring is in the air and much of Gibside's birdlife is busy preparing for the coming nesting season.  Look and listen for woodpeckers drumming on dead trees and branches as you ramble around Gibside's woodlands.  They do this to attract a mate and advertise their presence and have favourite drumming spots around their territory boundaries.  If you here one you can be sure it is a great spotted woodpecker as green woodpeckers don't drum but rely instead on a 'laughing' call and lesser spotted woodpeckers are uncommon so rarely seen.

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