Saturday, 29 October 2016

Shrike v woodpecker

The shrike was still present at Cross Inn early this afternoon, around the dead trunk in the clearing with a kestrel box (if that's what it is). As I watched, a female great spotted woodpecker emerged from the box, and the two birds spent a while sizing each other up before a brief physical confrontation after which neither appeared victorious, and the woodpecker commenced drilling and the shrike returned to castching insects. Really quite a fascinating interaction.

Chris Goding