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Why the bees are disappearing....

.... We put a bee-box up in our garden to be wildlife-friendly and encourage the bees and ladybirds and other insects who like to sleep in holes - we didn't realise that we were encouraging them to be eaten! The other day I looked through the window in the pouring rain to see this woodpecker pecking his lunch out of the holes! He had a good peck, flew away, then came back about ten minutes later for dessert.


Is this common behaviour for woodpeckers? I hardly ever see woodpeckers at all in the garden, let alone doing this.


(The quality of this picture is not great, I know, but it was taken through two panes of dirty glass into a grey heavy-rain-pouring day.)

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Taken on June 7, 2012