Varanger’s Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Knut-Sverre Horn alerted me to this very smart looking female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (males and juveniles have a full red crown). It was photographed at Vestre Jakobselv on 26th May this year. Home of OWL Heaven (to me at least). Same place we saw Tengmalm’s and Hawk Owls earlier this year.
It’s obviously boldly black and white notably with virtually no streaking below, either on flanks or ventral region. Is it just the nominate northern form or is it more Siberian?
Have a look at the bird and read a bit more comment at the end:
Not sure you can nail it to one particular ‘form’ and there is a lot of subtle variation across the species’ range. It seems from my limited reading to fall between Northern minor and the Siberian form kamtschatkensis.
Whichever- birds in Varanger somehow always look so good!
Hers a bit from BWP on Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers:
Polytypic. Nominate minor (Linnaeus, 1758), Fenno-Scandia, north-east Poland, and western USSR east to Urals; kamtschatkensis (Malherbe, 1861), Siberia east to sea of Okhotsk, south to Altay and northern Mongolia, intergrading with nominate minor over wide area in northern Fenno-Scandia and in north, central, and east European USSR;