Bird #522 — Eurasian Green Woodpecker

picus (king of Latium, who married the beautiful nymph and songstress Canens and was changed into a woodpecker by the spiteful Circe, whose affections he had spurned) viridis (green)

Tuesday, April 18, 2019 — 6:25 pm

Böblingen, Germany — Alter Friedhof (Old Cemetery)

I located this striking bird by its woodpecker-like calls. It was on a branch in a large tree, hidden in the shadows. It’s well named, with a green back and light underparts with a green tinge. Its rump was yellow. It had a red cap and a black and dark red face.

It flew off not long after I spotted it. I followed and soon found it on the ground among the graves. As I watched, it hopped out into the path, giving me a great look.

I didn’t spot another one, but at least I got good looks at the one I did see.

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