Look carefully. She’s on the feeder. I’ll try to get better pictures.
Mom and her youngin’
I think this is a female Hairy Woodpecker ~ lacks red spot.
Looks Like We Will Be Having Baby Downy Woodpeckers This Year!
I was watching the female Downy Woodpecker as she ate from the suet feeder. Suddenly, a male flew up and scared her away. Then a female Baltimore Oriole flew up and scared him away. I happened to look out my window at the oak, and I saw both Downy Woodpeckers sitting on the dead limb. I glimpsed a blur of feathers, and it took me a second to comprehend that they were mating! I’m so excited that I caught that out in the wild!!! Ive seen Barn Owls and Bald Eagles mating on camera, but I’ve never seen it with my own eyes out in nature! It was so cool! I have seen the Downy Woodpeckers pecking at it, but they were moving up and down the branch, so I thought they were only searching for bugs. I’m thinking about climbing that tree in search of a nest cavity, but I don’t want to have to go to all that work to drag a heavy ladder up to it if there’s no nest, so do birds typically only mate at or near the nest site, or do they mate wherever?
Warbler Galore! (Big Birding Day Part 2)
Sorry for the not-so-great pictures. Aside from the three kinds of warblers, I saw a European Starling, two Ospreys, robins, crows, Tree Swallows, Black-capped Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers, and White-breasted Nuthatches.
Our birdfeeders are always full. During multiple times throughout the day there is even a waiting line for them lol. My kids have learned so much from watching these beautiful creatures.
It seems all the babies are fledgling now and coming to our feeders!
Two baby Downy Woodpeckers
Baby woodpeckers, so cute!
Baby downy woodpecker gets a scare!
Downy Woodpecker feeding baby
I found Papa Woodpecker feeding baby woodpecker suet. At first i thought he was feeding his mate, (romantic) but it turns out it was actually his baby! So cute, brought tears to my eyes!
My recent Birding
Downy woodpecker chick
Taken in 2015. I was going to get my mail, across the road, and heard agitated peeping. I watched long enough to see that the parent came. Someone was just very impatient.
Downey woodpecker took over Eastern Blue Bird nest fall of 2018 and has been enjoying it all winter.
Mother downy woodpecker feeds her baby on the suet feeder.
An adult Downy Woodpecker feeding a fledgling Nuthatch!