Saturday, April 5, 2008
Middle Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Just finished a 4 day birding trip around eastern Hungary. All sorts of goodies seen... several Sakers and Eastern Imperial Eagles, a White-tailed Eagle, a late Rough-legged Buzzard, Great Bustards, all kinds of wetland birds, 8 species of woodpecker, a superb Ural Owl... But for me the highlight of the week was when I saw a Middle Spotted Woodpecker drumming on a poplar tree in a village in the Bukk Hills. This is a rare event, that is, Middle Spotted Woodpecker drumming. So rare in fact that some say they do not drum at all... well, I have seen it before, just a handful of times... and I can confirm, again, that this species does drum!