Leaving The “PG” Rating Behind

Many of the young birds in my backyard have surpassed the “PG” rating and are now showing up without any parental guidance.  This male Downy is one of them.downy5You can tell he is still a youngster because he is furtive and tentative…


…and because he still has a plump, speckled belly.


He approaches the feeders cautiously, and will hide on the underside of a branch if he feels threatened.  I’m not sure why, but I find this endearing!


The red patch on top of his head also marks him as a babe. When he becomes an adult, these colorful feathers will be found on the backside of his head.


All the baby birds that visit the backyard are fun to watch, but the Downy’s are especially delightful!


About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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14 Responses to Leaving The “PG” Rating Behind

  1. Carmen says:

    Thanks for blogging about this. You have become my backyard reference. I am also enjoying the new birdies. There seems to be some type of pecking order that I haven’t figured out yet the cardinals seem to be most aggressive in taking over the feeder.

    • kathydoremus says:

      There is definitely a pecking order…and each backyard seems to have its own bullies. My Mockingbirds and Robins get aggressive. My Blue Jays are actually a bit wimpy! Glad you are enjoying your birds. 🙂

  2. Jill Kuhn says:

    I love your baby! I really enjoy how you captured the sweet personality of this one too! ❤️

  3. Oh, he is another charmer. I hope he continues to grow strong and confident ❤

  4. I love to see the downy woodpeckers at my feeder too. I learned something new about the babies by reading your post today. I didn’t know they had speckled bellies and that the red patch moved as they matured. Thanks for the new info.

  5. He is adorable!! So… is his name Robert or Morton? 🙂

  6. Downy woodpeckers are such sweet visitors to the yard, and there is just something extra-precious about the little ones! You captured this one’s inquisitive personality perfectly in your photos!

  7. Beautiful pictures and thanks for the info. We’ve had these beauties visiting lately, but they seem so shy!

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