Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Watch and learn

Great Spotted Woodpeckers are known for their habit of wedging seeds, nuts and other foods into cracks and crevices, something that makes it easier for them to smash open the seed or nut and get at the reward within. Oliver Rogers sent us the following clip which shows a Great Spotted Woodpecker doing exactly this. What is of particular interest is the behaviour of some of Oliver's other garden visitors. It is clear that some of his regular visitors have watched the woodpecker and learned how to get an easy meal for themselves.

We'd be interested in hearing from other folk who have witnessed anything similar. Special thanks to Oliver for allowing us to link to his video.

1 comment:

  1. Not just Magpies being 'thieves' then! Cracking footage Oliver (no pun intended)