Thursday, July 1, 2010

Juvenile Woodpeckers

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The Redbellied Woodpecker nest in cavitiies in eother dead or live trees. Both the male and female will help dig out the cavity for their nest. They like to eat insects, nuts, fruits and seeds. At my feeders they prefer the suet and the black oiled sunflower seeds. This past week the juveniles were following the adults around and I was able to see this juvie land on my deck and I had a quick view of a juvenile that had no red at all on its head. I believe my Redbellied Woodie couple had two nestlings.. a male and a female. The female may be the juvie I am see with an all white head.


This juvenile shows a light red on its head down towards its beak, the adult male looks a brighter red to me.

Juvenile Male Redbellied Woodpecker



This shot below shows an adult male with the brighter red on its head


















This one also looks like a juvenile Downy Woodpecker


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23 comments:

forestal said...

great photos. Fun to see the fledging birds as they grow up

dan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your bird shots are fabulous -- juvenile birds always confuse me in identification.

My computer is slow this morning and your header shot almost makes it worthwhile -- it loads slowly from the top, so it is as if I'm seeing a green hill in the distance and then coming nearer and spotting the beautiful trees and flowers -- kind of a movie fade-in effect.

Carver said...

Great sequence with the juvenile redbelly woodpecker and a good comparison with the adult as well as the juvenile downy woodpecker. I also have downy and redbelly woodpeckers but rarely get decent shots of them. These are all so well done.

rainfield61 said...

The adult gets angry very often, that's why it has a brighter red than the juvenile.

Denise said...

I have enjoyed your woodpeckers Eileen. Love this time of the year when the babies start visiting. You took some great shots.
An English Girl Rambles

George said...

You've gotten some wonderful pictures of the juvenile woodpeckers. We have both redbellied and downy woodpeckers visiting our feeders but have not yet been able to get any pictures of the juveniles. You've inspired us to keep trying.

jabblog said...

Well spotted! Feeding the birds certainly brings dividends :-)

MyMaracas said...

Great shots! Woodpeckers are amazing creatures, though the ones around here are killing a lot of trees. Huge holes are everywhere.

Jo said...

Oh what beautful photos of this spectacular bird, Eileen. We have woodpeckers in South Africa but not where we live. We see them in the Eastern part of the country on our travels. Thanks for visiting my blog so regularly even when I haven't been over to comment on yours due to time constraints. Have a wonderful day. Jo

Dave said...

amazing creatures, im feeling a bit envious, we don't have these kind of wildlife diversity around here.

EG Wow said...

Wonderful shots! We have a juvenile hairy woodpecker in our yard and it is such fun to watch! I can see this one is too.

Elaine said...

Nice series of shots!

Marci said...

Awesome! Great detail!

Indrani said...

You have got some amazing shots. Great post.

Ann said...

I have never seen a woodpecker with spots like this. Used to seen a black with red head in Singapore.

Ann said...

You are a blessed woman, he is also a blessed man.

diane said...

Great captures of the woodpeckers. They are so cool. The male with the bride red head and sharp beak reminds me a little of our new Prime Minister.hee hee

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Isn't it fun seeing the babies this time of year, Eileen? Last night, I had a Papa Cardinal bring one of his babies to our deck to check out the feeders. The baby was shaking all over and sounded like a little tinkly bell. Daddy was so good to the baby.

Love the baby woodpeckers also. You captured some great pictures.

Happy 4th..
Hugs,
Betsy

Hilke Breder said...

Love the juvenile Redbellied Woodpeckers! We have a nest close by; the young have fledged but the parents have never brought them by our feeder although they themselves are regular visitors.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Oh, what a cutie and fantastic colors. These are great shots.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ask me if I love these photos? Go on, ask me! You betchore sweet booties I love this post!! Wow. Fantastic.



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Kilauea Poetry said...

Terrific..love the background as well. I can see the difference..but how incredible to zoom in like that while they land on your deck!

ramblingwoods.com said...

Just today for the first time we have two red-bellied young at the suet dough feeder with a parent. I just love them and haven't gotten any decent photos of them today. I wish there were as many of them as the darn starlings and house sparrows... Michelle

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