Monday, June 21, 2021

Feeding Fledglings


Design - "Bee Skep"
Chart - "Garden Beasties"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 25 count white Dublin linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 6 June 2014
Completed - 8 June 2014

Many of the birds have fledged.

I was delighted to see a male Hairy Woodpecker feeding a fledgling.
The male has his back to us, the fledgling has the light red on top of the head.
I learned that ALL fledgling Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers have red atop their heads - a signal for parents to feed them - so you cannot tell males from females until they mature a bit and the red moves to the back of the head or disappears. 

Both eating.

Dad up high, kid down low.


Feeding time.



Such fun to watch.


Robin in Virginia said...

What fun to see! Thanks for sharing, Beth!

Barb said...

I love seeing what good care the parent birds take of their babies including those almost ready to leave the nest for good.