During this afternoon, I experienced yet another new sighting; a female Great Spotted Woodpecker came to feed on the fat slabs in what we call our Sanctuary Feeding Area. She had quite a feast and then moved onto Wildlife Window's squirrel-proof peanut feeder. She stayed there even longer, so hopefully I will be able to download and publish an entertaining video of her - when I know how to! If you are wondering how I know that she was a female, let me share with you one of the small facts that I have learnt since I lived at the Cottage full time: the male bird has a red tummy and a red patch on the back of his head. The smaller juveniles are also decorated in the same way, but a mature female will have lost the red patch of feathers from the back of her crown. I love watching these visually striking birds, which I hadn't seen before I discovered Lincolnshire, in spite of playing all day in the cow fields that our back garden led onto.
My computer has been quarantined on and off for several days whilst Mr Paul Doherty (Tel: 01784 439253) has treated it, over the Internet, to a long-overdue overhaul. I'm really hopeful that this will lead to me being able to contact you via my blog much more regularly.
The spell ckecker symbol has disappeared from the tool bar, so please advise me of any errors that you notice. Barbara