Saturday, 10 January 2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Via Gellia

Very windy overnight and so far today. Started on the moor but with some rain as well it was hopeless. Over to Carsington but couldn't locate the Great Northern Diver on very choppy water and back by the Via Gellia.
The feeders had plenty of birds around them, this Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Great, Blue and Coal Tits.
Up to the late 90's the Via Gellia was one of the Derbyshire strongholds of the Marsh Tit but they appear to be entirely absent from this area now and are largely restricted to the dales of the White Peak including Monsal and Chee dales although I have yet to find them in either.
Grey Squirrels were also taking advantage of the feeders.
Great Spotted Woodpecker - male

Grey Squirrel

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