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2017 Annual Christmas Vase - Spotted Woodpeckers

2017 Annual Christmas Vase - Spotted Woodpeckers

The 2017 Christmas Vase
The Christmas Vase series highlights some of the beautiful birds that can be seen during the winter months. Many of the subjects featured on the ten vases in the collection have been natives of Britain such as the Robin (see the full list below) this years bird is the Greater Spotted Woodpecker

The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a medium-sized woodpecker with pied black and white plumage and a red patch on the lower belly. Males and young birds also have red markings on the neck or head. This species is found across Eurasia and parts of North Africa. Across most of its range it is resident, but in the north some will migrate if the conifer cone crop fails. Some individuals have a tendency to wander, leading to the recent recolonisation of Ireland and to vagrancy to North America. Great spotted woodpeckers chisel into trees to find food or excavate nest holes, and also drum for contact and territorial advertisement; they have anatomical adaptations to manage the physical stresses from the hammering action. It is similar to the less common lesser spotted woodpecker.

The great spotted woodpecker occurs in all types of woodlands and is catholic in its diet, being capable of extracting seeds from pine cones, insect larvae from inside trees or eggs and chicks of other birds from their nests. It breeds in holes excavated in living or dead trees, unlined apart from wood chips. The typical clutch is four to six glossy white eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs, feed the chicks and keep the nest clean. When the young fledge they are fed by the adults for about ten days, each parent taking responsibility for feeding part of the brood.

2006 Robin Sandra Dance
2007 Tawny Owl Helen Halloran
2008 Wrens Helen Halloran
2009 Firecrests Mick Cooke
2010 Blue Tits Fiona Bakewell
2011 Goldfinches Fiona Bakewell
2012 Bullfinches Fiona Bakewell
2013 Buntings Sandra Selby
2014 Thrush Sandra Selby
2015 Bramblings Sandra Selby
2016 Waxwings Sandra Selby
2017 Spotted Woodpeckers Sandra Selby

Did you Know
All Christmas Vases are issued in a limited edition of 100 and to help you know in which year they were issued – the last two digits of the year are included after the artist’s signature. So the 2017 Christmas Vase will carry the number 17.

2017 Annual Christmas Vase - Spotted Woodpeckers

2017 Annual Christmas Vase - Spotted Woodpeckers

The 2017 Christmas Vase
The Christmas Vase series highlights some of the beautiful birds that can be seen during the winter months. Many of the subjects featured on the ten vases in the collection have been natives of Britain such as the Robin (see the full list below) this years bird is the Greater Spotted Woodpecker

The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a medium-sized woodpecker with pied black and white plumage and a red patch on the lower belly. Males and young birds also have red markings on the neck or head. This species is found across Eurasia and parts of North Africa. Across most of its range it is resident, but in the north some will migrate if the conifer cone crop fails. Some individuals have a tendency to wander, leading to the recent recolonisation of Ireland and to vagrancy to North America. Great spotted woodpeckers chisel into trees to find food or excavate nest holes, and also drum for contact and territorial advertisement; they have anatomical adaptations to manage the physical stresses from the hammering action. It is similar to the less common lesser spotted woodpecker.

The great spotted woodpecker occurs in all types of woodlands and is catholic in its diet, being capable of extracting seeds from pine cones, insect larvae from inside trees or eggs and chicks of other birds from their nests. It breeds in holes excavated in living or dead trees, unlined apart from wood chips. The typical clutch is four to six glossy white eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs, feed the chicks and keep the nest clean. When the young fledge they are fed by the adults for about ten days, each parent taking responsibility for feeding part of the brood.

2006 Robin Sandra Dance
2007 Tawny Owl Helen Halloran
2008 Wrens Helen Halloran
2009 Firecrests Mick Cooke
2010 Blue Tits Fiona Bakewell
2011 Goldfinches Fiona Bakewell
2012 Bullfinches Fiona Bakewell
2013 Buntings Sandra Selby
2014 Thrush Sandra Selby
2015 Bramblings Sandra Selby
2016 Waxwings Sandra Selby
2017 Spotted Woodpeckers Sandra Selby

Did you Know
All Christmas Vases are issued in a limited edition of 100 and to help you know in which year they were issued – the last two digits of the year are included after the artist’s signature. So the 2017 Christmas Vase will carry the number 17.

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