Middle Spotted Woodpeckers are quite common and widespread, found in most of mainland Greece (including the Peloponnese) and the islands of Lesvos and Chios. However, their observation can be very hard, as they tend to hide in the dense foliage, never coming out in the open for long.
Therefore, when we first heard about a pair breeding at a large square in the city of Tripolis in the Peloponnese, we were surprised!
The surprise was even bigger when we found out that they had their nest in a tree standing in the center of a popular cafeteria!
Soon, the place got crowded with birders and photographers from all over Greece! The waiters of the cafeteria were very helpful, even putting tables in the best location so as to be able to drink your coffee (or eat your cake...) and take photographs at the same time!