In Wednesday’s post about the short term population decline of some of the park’s bird species, we used a picture of an immature greater spotted woodpecker instead of a lesser spotted woodpecker; sorry. The picture above is definitely of a lesser spotted woodpecker ( Dryobates minor) and we will use it to replace the picture in Wednesday’s post as soon as possible.

The error was pointed out, via Facebook, by a reader:

Hi, do you have recent sightings of lesser spotted woodpecker at Southwick? A very rare bird in Wiltshire now. The picture is a juvenile great spotted woodpecker by the way.

Thank you; the sighting on our species list is from 2014 but there is no record of who reported it and so there is a fairly high possibility of misidentification. There doesn’t seem to have been any more recent sighting than that one even though our open woodland and many veteran trees would be ideal territory.

Our apologies to all our followers; we try to be accurate. Here is a video about the differences between greater and lesser spotted woodpeckers so that you don’t make the same mistake we did.

Header picture of a lesser spotted woodpecker by Maris Pukitis (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

2 thoughts on “

  1. Although we regularly see green and great spotted woodpeckers,as far as I am aware I have never seen a lesser spotted woodpecker.

    1. I think I have read recently that there are believed to be less than a thousand breeding pairs in the UK. They are small, shy and difficult to observe so the numbers get more and more questionable the fewer birds there are to count.

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