28th April 2016
Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are now very scarce in Hertfordshire and are found in just a handful of sites. One of the regular places that they used to occur was Cassiobury Park in Watford, but they have even disappeared from there other the last few years. It was therefore encouraging to hear that a male Lesser Spot had taken up territory in the stand of trees by the Gade Avenue car park and was calling and drumming frequently to try and attract a mate, so time for a visit.
I couldn't believe my luck when I could hear it before I had even got out of the car, but then it promptly disappeared for an hour while it went on its circuit of the park. Eventually it returned to the same trees and proceeded to drum on the same branch for the next 20 minutes allowing some photos to be taken. Unfortunately it was a quite high in the tree, but you can't have everything.