A couple of days ago I was questioning a lot of things in life and mainly some of my latest decisions. We recently have moved from Switzerland to a very small Polish town close to the Ukrainian and Slovak border. It is called Rybotycze and it counts approx. 100 inhabitants. It is surrounded by large woods that are home for many predators such as lynx, wolves and bears. The forests also give shelter to many different bird species. So I was watching through the window hoping for a sign from mother nature that I am on a good track. I am thankful to have received that sign and I call it “a little woodpecker tale”.
Every since I was a child I was fascinated by woodpeckers. Even though we had various species around I only saw great spotted woodpeckers. I so badly wanted to find other species and it took me a long time until I had a first encounter with a green and a black woodpecker. Over the years I started “collecting” woodpecker sightings but some species have only made themselves visible to me very rarely or not at all. One of those species is the grey-faced woodpecker that I have never been able to spot. Every time I saw a green woodpecker from distance I was hoping that it will turn into a grey-faced woodpecker while getting closer. But it never did.
So I was staring through the window, questioning life decisions and hoping for a sign. Mother nature has listened and answered my call. She has sent me on the same tree just right in front of our window a great spotted woodpecker, a green woodpecker, a middle spotted woodpecker and a grey-faced woodpecker. When I first saw that, I believed I was dreaming but the dream became reality for a couple of seconds. As fast as the birds appeared they also disappeared again. Just enough time though for me to listen to mother nature talking to me.
I hope you enjoyed a little woodpecker tale. Here some photos I manage to take and having said that the picture is not the important part here but the sign from mother nature.
Woodpeckers in Central Eastern Europe
In Central Eastern Europe the following woodpecker species are present. I still miss the last two of the list and had only one very short encounter with a three-toed woodpecker. I hope to meet these beautiful birds anytime soon.
- Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
- Middle spotted woodpecker (Leiopicus medius)
- Lesser spotted woodpecker (Leiopicus minor)
- Green woodpecker (Picus vidris)
- Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)
- Grey-faced woodpecker (Picus canus)
- Three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus)
- White-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos)
- Syrian woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus)