Woodpeckers Spotted in Kilkenny After 100 Year Absence!
Kilkenny People report that woodpeckers, absent from the region for around 100 years, have made an unexpected and welcome return in recent months:
"The unmistakable banging of its beak on tree trunks can be heard along the River Nore outside Inistioge in the woods at the old Dysart Estate and also around 18 miles away on either side of the River Barrow close to Borris, Co Carlow."
Kilkenny Wildlife ranger, Jimi Conroy confirmed that a number of woodpecker pairs are nesting in a number of locations across Kilkenny. The exact locations are being kept secret for conservation purposes. It's been reported that the population of the bird has increased dramatically across England and Wales recently also.
Woodpeckers are named for their famous behaviour of pecking against tree trunks. This, according to Jimi is for two reasons. “One is a territorial thing and the other is to discover the hollow parts of the trunk where grubs are hiding and these form a large part of their diet."