Forum > Identifying Birds > Is This A Juvenile Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Webmaster Posted 04-Jul-2017 14:50
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On behalf of Jim who sent in an email:-

Photo attached - Apologies for the photo quality - it was taken in a hurry through d/glazing at full zoom about 15 metres away. 

To my untrained eye, my guess is a juvenile Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. I'd be grateful for your opinion. Location was Central Scotland.

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Karmann65 Posted 05-Jul-2017 07:35
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A Great Spotted Woodpecker is about the size of a Starling whereas a Lesser Spotted is more like the size of a Sparrow.

Looking at the size of the bird in your picture (which is not bad considering) I'd say this is a juvenile Great Spotted which has a red cap similar to that of an adult Lesser.

Hope this helps.

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