Like Father, Like Son

This male Red-bellied Woodpecker brought his little one to the backyard over the weekend for some “life lessons with Dad.”


First, he took Junior to the the birdbath where he showed him the “stay alert” approach to drinking.


After watching Dad, the youngster flew over and gave it a try, his open-beaked stance clearly communicating that he would not be sharing with the Blue Jay that was waiting in the wings.


Next, the adult got in the water and demonstrated the awkward art of woodpecker bathing.  These birds tend to be quick dippers rather than slow soakers.


The young Red-bellied did his best to imitate the process, but he never quite mastered getting in the water.  Instead, he would perch on the side, then dip his head in and shake it.



He kept leaning over, trying to figure out what to do next, but whenever it seemed like he was losing his balance, he would flap his wings and re-settle on the edge.



Once again, he wore his “no visitors welcome” expression.


When the drinking/bathing lesson was complete, Dad flew over to the Dogwood tree nearest the deck and waited for his young one to follow.


Then he flew to one of the feeders and returned with a bite to eat.  I wish I could have gotten a better angle of the action, but this will still give you a glimpse of what was going on.



I was mesmerized watching this father to son tutorial, and simply had to share it with you.

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 Like Father, Like Son

  1. Aww, just like daddy indeed 🙂 ❤

  2. Jodi says:

    So amazing – eh Kathy?! I have learned so much watching the bird families in our backyard too. I had no idea they were little families just like us! I love your posts as I can so relate to so many of the same bird families in our backyard too!

  3. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wonderful photos! I agree! Birds are so fun to watch and learn from! 😊

  4. aussiebirder says:

    A wonderful opportunity Kathy! You did well to capture these shots. It is lovely to watch parent birds train their young. Great shots!

  5. Every picture tells a story don’t it — I think you’re channeling your inner Rod Stewart, Kathy. 💜

  6. bmoan1 says:

    Kathy Thank you for this post! B

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. What wonderful moments! Thanks such much for sharing via your always-beautiful photos. 🙂

  8. Really enjoyed the post! Bird are such good parents. What a joy to watch the young one learn from Dad!

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  10. Awesome captures! Very much enjoyed, thank you for sharing, Kathy!

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