Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Green Woodpecker(s)

Thursday 27th March 2008

Walked Bennyboy around the edge of Atheys Dene at 1700. Saw a Green Woodpecker flying from the Abbey and over the Dene. Yesterday morning I heard a one calling near the bypass bridge. This may have been the same bird. Green Woodpeckers are quite scarce in lowland Northumberland so any sighting is noteworthy. The wood was alive with birdsong yesterday as well as three Great spotted Woodpeckers drumming but still no Chiffchaffs singing yet. The river was quiet with a female Goosander at High ford the only bird of note.


foggy said...

hi brother nigel well done with your blog have been keeping a localpatch list myself this year for the first time green woodpeckers are always nice to see
would love to get one of them at wansbeck riverside park.

abbey meadows said...

Thanks Chris
Green Woodpekers are scarce but do occur in the wansbeck valley both east and west of Morpeth. They breed at Bothal so there is a chance that one could be seen at the riverside park.

Rare Visitor said...

They do break oout from the Wansbeck Valley, I remember having one alongside the railway line to the East of Pegswood about ten years ago, but never in the woodlands around Castle Island.