I am thrilled with this visitor to my bird feeder. I first saw this Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) on my peanut feeder yesterday morning before leaving for work. I have seen them on occasion in my local woods, but never expected one in the garden, so you can imagine my delight and excitement! I just wish I had my 300mm telephoto lens on instead of my 70mm macro to get more reach and to reduce cropping, but I knew by the time I swapped lenses Woody would be gone. I am hopeful this has become a regular stopping off and refuelling point for him, so maybe I can get a better snap of him. Yes, this is a male identified by the bright red patch on the back of the head.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) male, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.