I was just washing up the breakfast things when I saw a flash of red from the garden.
I ran for the camera as it was Byron our green woodpecker‘s red skull cap and I hadn’t seen him for ages. Funny thing was on Monday Mike Dilger, on BBC’s The One Show, ran their first ever film piece of a green woodpecker in someone’s garden in Gloucestershire. Had I known he wanted to film one so much I could have saved him the journey from Television Centre to the south-west.
Green woodpeckers don’t actually spend a lot of time up trees hammering away. What they really like to eat are ants, so the most common place to see them is on the ground. Fortunately I think we have plenty of ants in the garden as these birds need to eat a couple of thousand a day. Well they are kind of small!