We have been treated to the sight of new fledglings all summer. We have several pairs of Red-bellied Woodpeckers who come to our feeders. And now we have what is almost certainly the last baby Red-bellied Woodpecker of the season. Fortunately, these birds will winter in our woods so we can watch them all year.
The fledgling is well camouflaged against the tree while the parent holds the food on a branch.
Its head is gray rather than the bright red of the parent.
Early in the feeding process, the parent brings the food directly to the fledgling.
But now the parent sits and waits for the baby to come to him.
Another sign that the feeding will soon end is that the parent has the baby take the food from above.
Early in the process the parent drops the food directly into the baby's mouth.
Soon we will be watching the baby make its clumsy way to the feeder all by itself.
It's not likely that we will see any more baby birds this season and we will miss them. But we are really looking forward to some of our visitors who will drop by on their way further South. It's always thrilling to see those migrating birds that we glimpse only twice a year. Most of them will have somewhat duller coats than they sported in the Spring. But we welcome them and admire them just the same.