Saturday, July 16, 2011


I have more woodpeckers at house this summer than I can ever remember before! Mostly Downys and many of them juveniles. This is a photo I took this morning -- featuring 5 Downys and 1 male Red-Bellied. What you can't see in this photo are 3 more Downys hanging onto the spindles of the deck railing below this photo! I have to refill this log every other day (it holds 1 suet cake). I also added another peanut feeder to a hook at the other side of the deck.

Another "first" for this year is a juvenile Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the feeders. The adults were occasional visitors all winter but have been showing up at the feeders more regularly this spring. Then one day not too longer I spotted their youngster at the peanut feeder. This little guy is perfectly capable of getting his own food, but I was thrilled to capture this series of photos from my dining room window earlier this morning. "Dad" came to the suet feeder while "Junior" just happened to be perched on the deck railing. What follows is the only interaction I've seen this summer between this Red-Bellied Woodpecker adult and baby.

"Hey Dad, is that for me?"

"Hurry! I'm so hungry!"
"Nom, Nom, Nom!"

Do woodpeckers have saliva??


"OK, is that enough?" Dad asks

"Please sir, I want some more!"

Dad's thinking, "Hey look, peanuts!"


Penelope said...

What a fabulous series with the red-bellieds. How I would love to see something like that.

eileeninmd said...

I love woodpeckers! The juvenile woodie is cute. Great photos.

Mollie said...

These are really great shots of Dad and Junior. You wrote funny headings! Time to write a childrens' book with photos & stories of all the animals you have in your yard!

Kelly said...

Aaahhhh....fantastic series. I love that baby!

...I'm going to the Midwest Birding Symposium too. I have my reservations at the hotel. I still have to sign up for the symposium, though. I better get busy with that!

Ruth said...

What a great series of photos! Our new dog has scared all our backyard birds away this summer.