Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Syrian Woodpecker calling

All I did was pop out to the post office. Down the street, turn left, 100 metres, and then I heard it. A Syrian calling in someone's back garden. When you live in a place that has both Great spotted and Syrian Woodpeckers side by side, you soon learn to separate them on call. Don't think I will find it's nest hole though, too many houses, too many dogs... unless it's in the park nearby. I will keep an eye open there. By the way, I have been asked why this woodpecker is named "Syrian" ? Well, the species was first described (as Picus syriacus) by Hemprich & Ehrenberg in 1833... in, yes, correct, Syria.

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