Woodland birds are often heard long before they are seen. How often have you heard a woodpecker hacking at a tree trunk and when you try to find where it is, you can’t spot anywhere. It is no wonder really: the Great Spotted Woodpecker is an extremely shy bird and will often just freeze on the spot (on a tree trunk) when it is disturbed so not to be noticed and the Green Woodpecker will often move to the other side of a tree trunk if it feels it is being watched so that it is completely out of view.
Then we have the Treecreeper which is a very active bird and one would presume it would be easy to see, but this is not the case because its brown plumage allows it to be well-camouflaged when it climbs up trees. Interestingly, this bird never climbs down trees, unlike the Nuthatch which is the only bird in England that can climb down trees head first
In our website we have written about 18 woodland birds up to now and we will be writing about the Siskin, Willow Tit, Grey Wagtail, Woodcock, Woodlark and the Woodpigeon very soon. Some woodland birds have been put into the Garden Song Birds section like the Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Linnet (and others) because they can also be seen in gardens looking for food.