Ever wondered which glorious birds you’re hearing as you stroll through your local woodland? Well, The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs offers you the chance to tell a nuthatch from a goldcrest and a jay from a coal tit with 12 prerecorded bird songs to accompany detailed images and descriptions. The quick chirps of a great spotted woodpecker is one of our favourites to listen to, with stunning feathers too, so keep an eye out for this winged wonder.
Great spotted woodpecker
Found in: Mixed woodland
Feeds on: Insect grubs, nuts and seeds
Nest: In a hole in a tree
Eggs: 4 to 7 glossy white eggs
Adults: Male has red nape, female black
Length: Up to 23 cm
This nervous bird has a distinctive ‘quick, quick’ alarm call but is probably best known for the drumming sound it makes with its beak against hollow branches or tree trunks, especially in the spring to mark its territory. Baby woodpeckers make demanding squeaky noises from their nests in tree holes as they wait for their parents to bring food.
Did you know?
This is a young woodpecker. Its red crown will turn black when it is about three months old.
The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs By Caz Buckingham and Andrea Pinnington is published by Fine Feather Press, is available to buy from all good book shops and www.finefeatherpress.com, RRP £12.99.
Click here for the chance to win one of 10 copies of The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs. Competition closes 30th June 2016.