Three-toed Woodpecker



Here is a new video and a few photos of the breeding Three-toed Woodpeckers I followed in Maridalen.

Any interesting thing I only noted on the video is that the female was missing a toe on her right foot and that this clearly affected her.

This would probably explain why the male brought food to the nest more often than her with his frequency of visits being at least 3 times higher than hers whilst I was watching.

male feeding:

female feeding:

 

male Three-toed Woodpecker at nest
nestling
note the yellow on the head of the nestling which is not sex related (unlike in the adults where only the male has a yellow crown)

 

the male leaving with a shit sack
I found this egg about 4 metres from the nest hole. It matches pictures of Three-toed egg and is presumably an unhatched egg that has been removed from the nest

 

Subscribe to our FREE Newsletter

 

Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is an English Birder who has lived in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Birding has been his passion since primary school and after an education as an economist and career within oil and gas and then drinks industry he turned his attention full time to birds as middle age approached. He is particularly interested in patch birding and migration and is an active guide, blogger and photographer. He is a member of the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF).

Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is an English Birder who has lived in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Birding has been his passion since primary school and after an education as an economist and career within oil and gas and then drinks industry he turned his attention full time to birds as middle age approached. He is particularly interested in patch birding and migration and is an active guide, blogger and photographer. He is a member of the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF).

Share this page with your friends



Facebook Comments

1
Leave a Reply

avatar
Doneraile
Doneraile

Simon Rix, that was a very interesting video; love the still frames too. Gotta love those woodpeckers. I never realized there are so many variations of the industrious bird. Woodpeckers are fascinating. Thanks for the upload.