Sunday, June 15, 2014

Downy Woodpecker Father Feeding Fledgling - Happy Father's Day!

Downy Woodpecker Father is feeding a very noisy fledgling at the suet feeder the day before Fathers' Day. Newly fledged Downy's often have red feathers on the top of their head which gradually go away as they reach maturity. Adult male Downy's have just a small patch of red. The dark band across the back of the fledglings head probably indicates it is a female. The continuous chattering will draw ones attention to the feeder. The quality of this video is a little disappointing as I filmed it through a screen, but the interactions are enjoyable nevertheless. And the calls of a young Downy are priceless!

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Downy Woodpecker Father Feeding Fledgling