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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Not-so-little Pileated Woodpecker

Our young Pileated Woodpecker, whom we call Hannah, is very close to feeding herself at our suet feeder. For several days now, both parents accompany her to the feeder, coaxing her to give it a try.

Father (whom we call Big Daddy) sits on the tree while Mom (whom we call Big Momma) flies to the suet feeder.

Little Hannah looks as if she just might give it a try.

She flies to the post and sits.

She looks up at the suet feeder, and thinks about taking off.

It was only a brief thought. She flies back to the tree.

She sits on a limb, waiting to be fed.

Big Momma doesn't fly away. She prepares to feed her Hannah.


So, once again, Hannah wins.



Just compare their sizes. Hannah is almost as big as her mother.

I have no idea how long these adults will continue to feed their little girl. They don't fly away from her until she has eaten her fill. Perhaps some birds spoil their little ones just as some parents do. I'm fairly certain that Hannah is eating insects by herself. I have seen her drilling, so perhaps eating at the suet feeder isn't all that important. But I will keep on watching.

14 comments:

Lynne said...

These are such remarkable photos. I am thrilled to see their behaviors and love when you share them.

Mary said...

Well, Carolyn, you have done it. I rarely see Pileateds. To have these photos of the juvenile being fed is just too priceless.

If I see a Pileated at my house, I won't need to tell you about it - you'll hear my scream all the way up there :o)

Bravo. You done good. Keep watching and sharing?

Mary

The Birdlady said...

Gosh, how wonderful!

KGMom said...

Love those red heads.
Maybe Hannah is one of those recalcitrant teenagers who just doesn't know when to head out on her own!?!

LauraHinNJ said...

Great pics - I love the babies' funny hairdo!

Jayne said...

These are such wonderful photos Carolyn. I love seeing that Pileated baby... if you can call something that big a baby...lol!

Dog_geek said...

Wow - those photos are pricelss! We get a couple Pileated woodpeckers at our suet feeders, but I have never been able to observe their behavior like that. Beautiful!

miriam said...

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thanks,
miriam

pat said...

Just like trying to get your kids to try the vegetables....Moms don't ever give up! thank goodness!

scienceguy288 said...

Great shots. Pileateds are really cool looking to me, I guess it's the mohawks.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks, everyone. Hannah is regularly going to the post, but still can't seem to get enough nerve to go to the feeder. I'll keep watching.

Ruth said...

Amazing pictures! Baby is big for sure.

Kerri said...

How exciting to be able to see a little one "grow up" and she certainly isn't too little anymore.

Another fabulous post!

Steve B said...

You are so lucky to have these woodpeckers! And to have them as returning visitors to your feeders. How cool is that?