The Pileated Woodpeckers will soon stop feeding their young and the little ones will have to fend for themselves. Unlike most birds, the Pileated Woodpecker fledglings are almost as large as the adults before they ever leave the nests. We can tell the difference between parent and child in their eyes. The adults have a well-defined sclera while the pupil fills the entire eye on the juveniles. In most instances, the adults have smoother top-knotch feathers while the juveniles appear in need of grooming.
This year, one of our mated pairs of Pileated Woodpeckers had two fledglings. We have been delighted to see them in the area.
Father (on the left) and his two daughters
One click of the camera is enough to send one of them flying away.
Soon to be followed by the others.
It is really amazing to see the parent feeding two juveniles at once.