BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

The LSW.


For the majority of birders in Britain today the Lesser-spotted Woodpecker (LSW) is a rare sight, more to the point, to birders in our area in north Lancashire it is at best a highly unlikely sighting. You may well be thinking this goes for other species including the Willow Tit, but the claim of one within the LDBWS recording area recently changes things a little.

It is interesting that the LSW benefited from the spread of Dutch Elms disease in the 1960's - something good comes from everything - the old saying goes. The fungus that lead to the death of the Elm trees was spread from tree to tree by Bark Beetles which provided the LSW with an abundance of food, another benefit was that as a result of the dying Elm they could excavate the decaying trees for the purpose of nesting.

The LSW today is a very scarce bird in most of its range throughout Britain, and there are very few locations where it can be found with any reliability, especially in the north. Last year the species was added to the list of bird species by the UK Rare Breeding Birds Panel seen as the only way to provide effective monitoring. I'd suggest there would be no challenges made against the agreement in general that the extinction of the LSW may not be far away in Lancashire.

As for the Willow Tit - perhaps also on the brink of extinction - the sighting mentioned above in the past few days in the LDBWS recording area always give hope. 

Now the customary Picture Gallery with a trio I just could not resist....


Hobby Paul Foster    


I can't tell you how envious I am of PF for having the opportunity to see and photograph the Hobby at Lakenheath. Just take a close look at this truly amazing bird and flying machine looking like an overgrown and coloured Swift, those wings....WOW!! 


Golden Oriole Paul Foster

Still green with envy of PF and his Golden Oriole, a bird I'm possibly never likely to see in my area in the north of England. Thanks for these two excellent images Paul they are much appreciated.

Bee-Eater Antonio Puigg

Continuing on the envious theme, a brilliant close up of the Bee-Eater, the third of three birds, two of which its not likely I'll see unless I move outside my area, and the other - the Hobby - doesn't carry any guarantee with it. But always worth remembering....you can't always predict the birds. Thanks Antonio, much appreciated.

Many thanks to WB for the new header and brilliant image of the Spotted Flycatcher, a bird well up in my top ten list of favourite summer visitors to our shores. 

5 comments:

Christian said...

Nice new look mate.

I'd love to see a LSW. Not yet, one day.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Pete,
LSW last bred on my patch in 2002, they occured in singles every year until 2009, the last one being seen in Dec of that year.

The tree on my patch that held the last nest has been chopped down - a reason for their demise lies there!

Pete Woodruff said...

I'd love to see LSW too. I think everyone who knew John Leedal will be surprised to hear he once told me he'd not seen one in 20+years. Thanks for your positive comment re the 'new look' Christian.

What an irony, the tree that held the last LSW nest fell to the axe.

The new Birds2blog header pic is brilliant....don't you think Warren.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Una pena lo del pájaro carpintero... A ver si se recupera la especie.. Y bonitas imágenes de aves.. Sobre todo esa amarilla oropéndola y nuestro querido Abejaruco.. Un saludo Pete..

Pete Woodruff said...

Many thanks for your comment Ana.

It is very sad about the decline of the LSW and other species too, we must strive to reverse this loss of our birds and other wildlife.