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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Another Little Woodpecker



Regular readers know that our woods are filled with several types of woodpeckers.  One of my favorites is the Red-bellied Woodpecker.  We have two pairs of them and love catching a glimpse of their fledglings.  The fledglings do not have any red on them, either on their bellies or their heads.  I assume this makes it all the better to hide from predators.  The little ones have gray heads and unlike the Pileated Woodpeckers, the Red-bellied fledglings are considerably smaller than the adults.

 
 
Little Red-bellied Woodpecker in the tree.
Oh, so sweet!

I hope to get a photograph of the parent feeding this little one.  But it's a matter of patience and luck, as are most things in life.


14 comments:

The Bug said...

Now these we have - so cute!

Arkansas Patti said...

Such a cutie. You are most likely right about the lack of color on the fledglings. Makes sense.

Barb said...

I was at a dinner party last weekend, and we were talking about woodpeckers. Our hosts had a male woodpecker who several years in a row would drum on their metal chimney shield to attract the ladies.

Ms. A said...

I have no doubts your patience will pay off!

troutbirder said...

We had a similar little one here following the parents several weeks ago. No longer as our neighbors now have several cats and kittens. Without Baron to deter their visits I have seen them ill three little Downies and a Robin plus who knows how many others in our yard. They seem to believe this acceptable because they are "outside cats" and they also "feed the birds." I am very very unhappy with this situation...:(

Cicero Sings said...

Now those we don't have.

Tara Crowley said...

I, too, hope you get a feeding picture. This one's a beauty.

KB Bear said...

Aw, so sweet! You have such an amazing variety of birds. I'm jealous.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Watching the birds at our feeders is now a daily activity since they were relocated to be close to the dining room window. We share meals together in a manner of speaking. Lately, I have watched blue jay fledglings being fed by parents.

Busy Bee Suz said...

They are so sweet; best of luck in your photography/capturing endeavors.

robin andrea said...

So lovely to see this fledgling. You really do have a yard full of beautiful woodpeckers. Lucky lucky!!

Carolina Linthead said...

Awww! I love it. I love seeing them out back. And only someone who has pileateds would think red-bellies are little, lol! Our other common woodpecker here in OH is the downy, so the red bellies look huge in comparison, even the babies.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. We do appreciate how lucky we are.

Janet QueenofSeaford said...

Haven't seen a baby! Great.