12-12-2012 – The day we finally saw a Black Woodpecker. It seems like its been forever.
We’ve spent many days walking in forests in search of the Black woodpecker. We’ve gone armed with maps and directions scribbled on scraps of paper for various ‘hot spots’ from local experts. We’ve set off on each outing optimistic, informed of the latest sightings, but alas no luck.
This week our losing streak finally ended! During our daily walk along the Río Piloña, a few minutes from home, it suddenly appeared, a Black Woodpecker. We watched for 15 minutes as it hammered on a dead tree besides the riverbank, dropping bark and wood into the water as it chiseled away. As it flew off deeper into the woodland, we were given a further treat with the sound of its distinctive screech-like call.
Quite a bird and well worth the wait. Hopefully this will be the first of many to come.
UPDATE! 20-12-2012 We watched the Black Woodpecker again for 20 minutes on various trees. A noisy bird whilst perched and in flight. Unmistakable.