Spotted woodpecker seen in Arctic
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Spotted woodpecker seen in Arctic

August 24, 2022

Without trees in the tundra, the bird thumped the ground with its beak.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the Nenets reserve, they told about an unusual feathered guest that flew five hundred kilometers north of its usual habitat. A spotted woodpecker was seen at the mouth of the Habuika river, which flows into the Pecherskaya bay.

The reserve staff filmed the woodpecker scurrying next to the ringed plovers and wagtails and beating the ground with its beak, because there are no trees in the area.

Usually the species chooses temperate and southern latitudes of Europe and Western Asia for life. The reserve specialists explained that the most atypical flights of this bird were recorded in the Northern Urals. Experts believe that the spotted woodpecker was blown into the Arctic tundra by a strong southerly wind.

Earlier in the Arctic, they noticed swallows uncharacteristic for this region. This summer, Norilsk residents installed feeders for birds. Scientists note that more and more birds appear in Norilsk, and they told how to feed them in winter.

Recall that a new volunteer association is gaining momentum in Taimyr – activists who spend almost the entire summer season in the tundra and in the mountains, pass on their observations to the Taimyr Reserves directorate scientists.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: istockphoto.com

August 24, 2022

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