I hope to get a better photo of the woodpecker. I noticed a pair of them flying above Owen and I as we were coming back from the school yesterday. They have a distinctive jaunty flight. They were too high in the tree for me to get a clear photo. However, the photo does show the identifying charactersistics of the bird, including the white cheek patch, the male red spot on the neck, and the red abdomen.
It is the most common woodpecker in Europe and as you can see, a winter resident here in Belgrade. The spots are located on the bottom of the outer wings, hence the name. The woodpecker eats many beetle and moth larvae that would otherwise do damage to trees. In the winter it supplements its diet with nuts when insects are scarce.
This is bird species number 11 I have photographed and identified since my arrival to Belgrade in July of 2008.