Lesser spotted woodpecker

Finland’s smallest woodpecker

Lesser spotted woodpecker © Eero Haapanen

The lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) is Finland’s smallest woodpecker, only about the size of a sparrow. Having a delicate beak, it excavates holes only in decaying tree trunks, while other woodpeckers can also make their nests in living trees.

There are about a dozen pairs of lesser spotted woodpeckers nesting in Vanhankaupunginlahti. They nest annually in Pornaistenniemi. The lesser spotted woodpecker’s typical habitat consists of coastal areas and deciduous forests. Some lesser spotted woodpecker migrate away from their nesting sites for the winter.