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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Another generation of woodpeckers

As I was watching the birds in my backyard yesterday, I noticed that there was a new baby making his debut. It was a young Red-bellied Woodpecker.

He was being escorted around the yard, as fledgling birds usually are, by Papa RBW.

Wherever Papa went, Junior was sure to be close by.

Junior seemed to have mastered the art of clinging to the trunk of the tree and making his way up and down. He hadn't quite figured out the "looking under bark for insects" part of the program yet.

But not to worry - I'm sure he'll be a quick study.

And in the meantime, Papa's always close by with a tasty tidbit.

I've really lost track but I think this is the third time this year that I've seen these birds with one or more fledglings. I know it's at least the second time. Like many other birds in my yard, they have obviously had a very successful nesting season.


  1. How neat! Would love to see a young RBW. I haven't seen many this summer. Last summer they were a constant sight at the hummingbird feeder. How is your hummingbird activity? I have 3 now at my feeder. One of them knocked himself out when he flew into our living room window. Thank goodness he is ok, but I'm sure he had a huge headache.

    1. Hummingbird activity is still heavy. I actually seem to have more Rufous hummers than my usual Ruby-throats.

  2. Nice! I too would love to see a young RBW!