Many (but not all) woodpeckers peck and hack into trees to find invertebrate prey. With practise, and local knowledge, the signs that woodpeckers leave when foraging on and in timber can often be assigned to exact species. This image shows a tree stump that has been worked by White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos. This kind of systematic, total shaving of dead stumps is typical for this species when it searches for wood-boring beetle larvae. Note the wood-chips and 'sawdust' on the ground nearby. Photo taken in the Bukk Hills, Hungary, by Gerard Gorman.
A new book on European wildlife signs published September 2014. Click the cover image for more details
WELCOME TO TRACKS & SIGNS
This blog deals with the tracks and signs that wildlife leave. These include foot, hoof, claw and paw prints, trails, dung, scat, sprait, pellets, spawn, eggs, feathers, fur, nests, burrows, dens, bones, food remains etc. Get out there, get tracking and please contribute with comments and photos. Gerard Gorman
Central & Eastern European Wildlife
Gerard Gorman is author of this book, published in 2008 by Bradt. It has sections on Looking For Wildlife and Tracks And Signs.