Great Spotted Woodpecker | Dendrocopos major

England, April 2017


A great spotted woodpecker, briefly drumming on an exposed beech limb in a Cotswold wood.

Bark damage from earlier woodpecker activity was clearly visible on the branch chosen by the bird, which was obviously a favourite drumming spot. I made the recording after rushing across a large field to the south of the wood, having heard the sound as I approached from a distance.

Several other woodpeckers had previously been active in the surrounding area.