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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Woodpecker Babies

I have seen only one Red-bellied Woodpecker fledgling at any given time for the past week or so and I'm assuming there is only one now. Perhaps that is why the male has been so aggressive, wanting to guard his only child. He is still being fed. He has been "parked" in the tree waiting for something to eat.

How long must I hang on here?

The Pileated Woodpeckers have two offspring. This little guy can't quite figure out how to get up to the suet feeder. He won't go hungry, though. Mom and Dad are still flying to the tree to feed him. His crest is almost orange, rather than bright red. (Sorry about the quality. Taken through the screen.)

That thing looks pretty far away.

Living in the woods as we do, we really enjoy the woodpeckers. But it would be nice to have bluebirds as well. Fortunately, I learned long ago that we just can't have everything.

15 comments:

Kerri said...

Wow! That pileated is HUGE to be a baby! They are both adorable!!

Lynne said...

Living in the suburbs of Minneapolis I'd love to have bluebirds in my yard too but I'd much rather have a family of pileated woodpeckers.

The baby pileated reminds me of the cartoon Baby Huey. Remember Baby Huey? He was a ginormous baby duck in a diaper.

mon@rch said...

Love seeing the babies! Great photos!

Susan Gets Native said...

We can't have bluebirds, either. They have tried and failed, so I gave up attempting to get them to set up housekeeping.

But I'll take the downys, hairys, red-bellieds, red-headeds and flickers.

: )

Jayne said...

Love seeing your woodpeckers! I'd pee my pants to see a Pileated on my deck!

Ruth said...

Your home is in a wonderful location!! I would be shocked to see anything like this in my yard. Great pictures.

The Birdlady said...

Wonderful! I wouldn't swap you my bluebirds for your pileated, but I sure wish I had some! At my last houe I did, and it was delightful. Thanks for sharing - Let's just all enjoy our blessings.

Bird Girl said...

Yeah...that's a hard pill to swallow - you can't have everything - but I want bluebirds AND PILEATEDS on MY deck!!!GReat even through the screen!

MicheleRF said...

Excellent! We get lots of WPs but I really envy you those pileateds. They are not very cooperative around here and I've never seen one at a feeder.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'd love to live in the woods. I really miss not having any mature trees.

Those are definitely large babies! Great shots!

KatDoc said...

Love the woodpecker babies! I had Pileateds at my old house, but never saw they young ones. I had bluebirds there, too, so it is possible to have both, but it won't happen here. I don't have nearly enough old woods for such a magnificent woodpecker. I will have to be content with my baby downies and red-bellieds.

~Kathi

NCmountainwoman said...

Kerri - They really do look huge when they are alone. Even next to the parent, they are pretty big.

Lynne - Thanks a million. His name is now Huey.

Monarch - thanks

Susan - I should think your prairie would be very attractive to bluebirds.

Jayne - If you're ever back in NC, come visit us and see the Pileateds. We're only 25 miles from Asheville.

Ruth - We do like living in the woods. We thought about living on the lake, but decided we would rather have forest.

Helen - I'm sure nothing would be a fair swap for your wonderful bluebirds.

Bird Girl - You have those nesting Kestrels, the wonderful Red-tail hawks, orioles, a cuckoo, hummingbird nests to observe and photograph, and Carolina Wrens nesting in your garage. Not to mention your bluebirds. Are we getting a little greedy here?

Michele - Our Pileateds seem to feel fairly comfortable around us, although I agree most of them are very skittish.

Robin - Thanks

Kathi - Lucky you had both for a while. We are far too woodsy with not enough open areas for bluebirds. However, I can take a walk and find them elsewhere in the community.

Jackie said...

I had to laugh at your comment "excuse the quality, taken through the screen" because I'm thinking....WHAT????????...the pics are beautiful! Found your blog through Jayne...love North Carolina (have many relatives there) and I love the mountains! Great Blog! p.s What size zoom lens do you use?

NCmountainwoman said...

Jackie - Thanks for dropping by. I use a Nikkor 70-300mm lens. It is relatively new, so I'm still on a learning curve with it.

Rurality said...

Great woodpeckers again! At our old house we had more woodpeckers, but never Pileateds on the porch!

We do have bluebirds now though. :)