A Tale Of Two Woodpeckers

Two juvenile woodpeckers, of the Red-bellied variety, arrived in the backyard today.  They were old enough to be chaperone free, but young enough to still display a comical lack of coordination.

The first landed (more like collided) on the side of the Dogwood, hugged the tree for a moment, and then ventured a look about.



Spying the peanut feeder, he few over to investigate this fabulous food source.


The second bird seemed a bit younger, but no less inquisitive.  He gripped the deck rail awkwardly and watched his counterpart pecking at the peanuts.



Then he flew to the side of the Oak and waited for an opportune moment to take over this coveted territory for himself.




Within a matter of moments, he swooped over and tackled his rival, and they both went tumbling away in a tangle of wings.

Now that they have discovered this land of plenty, I am certain they will be back.  And before long, they will be boasting their bold colors (like the adult male below) and navigating the backyard feeders like a pro.



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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20 Responses to A Tale Of Two Woodpeckers

  1. I was LOL at Tree-Hugger’s expression! And the “Li’l Bro” is the perfect teenager: punky hairdo, loud shirt and oversized ‘sneakers’. 😉

  2. Aww I love these little babies. So adorable, Kathy!

  3. Jodi says:

    So cute. We go through 2 cakes every two days with all the woodpeckers!!

  4. Jill Kuhn says:

    Funny how awkward the babies are! We have a couple of annoying adult woodpeckers at the lake that are pecking into metal. I got up early one morning to “talk” to it. It flew away but as soon as I climbed back into bed, it started again! LOL! 😊

  5. I have never seen the juveniles, and I think they are charming in a gawky, awkward way. Terrific post, Kathy.

  6. aussiebirder says:

    Great little presentation and pics Kathy!

  7. Adorable captures! I’ve been seeing some young red-bellies here, too. Matter-of-fact yesterday I heard the tell-tale squeak/squaw of a bird demanding to be fed and glanced out my window to see a young yellow-bellied being fed by its mother. I grabbed my camera but the baby ducked down farther on the stump so that he/she could no longer be seen, except the beak sticking up when the mother put the food in. A special moment, even if I didn’t get successful photos!

  8. They are so lovely!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tiny says:

    Love the tale! Gorgeous photos!

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