Nemesis - something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.: The performance test proved to be my nemesis. That about sums up my relationship with the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Shameful as it IS, I have failed to connect with this bird in the UK. How can someone have Dusky Thrush on their British List and not Lesser Spot? Its possible; cos I did it. However, that is now longer the case. While hiking in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday 22nd February 2014, i got a text from my birding pal Dave Baker informing he had found a pair. Great news! So, after a 2 1/2 hour drive back from Cardiff Sunday morning I met Dave at a private location in Surrey. Here we got TWO males and a female. Had absolutley fantastic views and it really was worth the wait. Thanks Dave!
|View from Fan y Big looking back at Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du in The Brecon Beacons Wales|
My only contact with this elusive species was in 1999 when we caught and ringed one at the biological station in Rybachy Russia.