Great spotted woodpecker (flaggspett) playing a little drum solo in the garden this morning!
The first day of spring, snow showers and, right on the dot, I heard my first yellowhammer singing this morning whilst I was in the outhouse….managed to capture one short “Little bit of bread” phrase.
“1896, Edward Marston, By meadow and stream: pleasant memories of pleasant places
It is delightful to hear the yellowhammer’s song — his only song : “A little bit of bread and no cheese.”
1937, Lovely places I remember (in The Rotarian, volume 50, number 2, February 1937)
“A little bit of bread and no cheese!” cry the yellowhammers petulantly. But no one takes any notice of them.”
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A bit milder today and a drumming great spotted woodpecker (flaggspett) was heard again in the garden this morning!
Drumming great spotted woodpecker (flaggspett), using the bird feeder today!
This morning it was -10C, but that didn’t stop this great spotted woodpecker from thinking of spring, drumming from this pine tree in the neighbour’s garden!
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