Friday, 9 January 2015

Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker foraging marks














                                            Feeding marks of Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus. This woodpecker specialises in preying upon the larvae of bark-beetles, especially those found in spruce trees. Foraging marks like this, sometimes called ringing, are a method of taking sap. Photo from Lower Austria (Gerard Gorman).

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Little Owl roosting site

Droppings and pellets of Little Owl Athene noctua below a regular roosting place on the corner of a building. Apaj, Hungary, January 2015 (Gerard Gorman). When looking for sitting owls it is often best to look low down, on the ground, before looking high up.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Woodpecker hacked nest-box

A songbird nest-box entrance hole enlarged by a Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. There are various reasons why some woodpeckers do this: to allow entrance and use the box as a roosting place, to use the box as a nesting site themselves or to prey upon what is inside, eggs or chicks. Also, a combination of these can result (Gerard Gorman, Budapest, Hungary).