Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Species
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major. Male. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on November 30th 2013.
Male. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on November 30th 2013.
(1/125th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 23 - 26cm; WS: 38 - 44 cm

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is the commonest pied woodpecker. It is easily identified by its red vent, unstreaked flanks, and oval white wing patches. Males have a red patch on the hindcrown, which females lack.

It is found throughout England, Wales and most of Scotland, but is absent from Ireland. In some years northern European populations migrate south and west in the winter.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers breed in all kinds of woodland, larger parks and gardens.

Males drum on trees in spring, the rolls being very short, very fast and ending abruptly.

There are between 37-44,000 pairs in the British Isles.

Sightings

04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
05-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (h)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Feb-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
01-Jan-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (3)

30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (2)
13-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon (h)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
11-Oct-2017 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2017 : Folly Park, Faringdon, Oxon (1)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Jun-2017 : Waterperry Wood, Oxon (1)
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
09-Apr-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
08-Apr-2017 : Northcourt Road, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Mar-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1h)
07-Nov-2016 : Huerta Grande, Spain (2)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
03-Jul-2016 : Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire (1)
26-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
03-Jun-2016 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
29-May-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Dec-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
23-Oct-2015 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
27-Jun-2015 : Stanford Dingley, Berks (1)
30-May-2015 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)

29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Jul-2014 : Challan Hall, Lancashire (1)
01-Jun-2014 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (1)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (1)
08-Apr-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2h)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
11-Jan-2014 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
05-Jan-2014 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)