Saturday, August 06, 2011

Turtle and pecker in the garden

There was a time I used to get up to a dozen Turts in the garden. Not any more. They stopped breeding on the fen a few years back. They still breed within three miles of here but this is the first Turt of the year hear.

Despite its relative lack of trees, the fen can be good for peckers. I've seen all three species in ten years here. A single record of Lesser Spotted just outside the village in a winter tit flock, mot winters we get Great Spots hanging around the nut feeders, and in summer we get Green Woodies coming in from neighbouring areas to feast on all our ants.

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