Great Spotted Woodpecker might seem an unlikely bird to turn up, but this species is a common Scandinavian migrant which regularly winters further south in Europe and, in recent years, has just colonised Ireland for the first time. With a massive movement of birds west from Ireland last fall, it seems likely that this bird got caught up in that movement and, with the amazing weather predicted by David LaPuma (how does he do it?!!) has perhaps been pushed ever further southward this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Only problem for me as the 'new kid on the block' is explaining it the locals - or re-finding it!! More news as it comes in - stay tuned!
Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Northwood Center. Note the rich red undertail coverts and large, oval, white shoulder patch. [Photo by Al Fropoli]