Hey Diddle Downy

The list of little ones showing up at the backyard feeders continues to grow.
This week, several young Downy Woodpeckers have spread their wings and made their way out to dine on their own.

This sweet little guy was quite curious about the Bark Butter branch…

…and was delighted to sample the ware.

His red patch of feathers will be on the top of his head while he is young…

…but when he grows to be an adult, the patch will be bolder and brighter and will move to the base of his head, like this fellow below.

Of course, not all the little ones are allowed out alone yet.  Some are still told to stay in the treetops and wait for their food to be delivered.

I love baby bird season!


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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17 Responses to Hey Diddle Downy

  1. aussiebirder says:

    Lovely pics Kathie, the last one is a spring baby bird delight!

  2. lindasschaub says:

    Love these pictures and you can almost hear the gears clicking inside that young sprout’s head as he samples the bark butter. 🙂

    • kathydoremus says:

      It is so much fun to watch them when they are at that curious stage. 🙂

      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, I enjoy them like that too. I had some fun with a fledgling robin who was full of peeps and cheeps and feeling proud of himself the first day out of the nest. Not even afraid of me in the least and I was about five feet from him.

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    So much pleasure to be had from watching the natural world!

  4. 1nmbirder says:

    Baby birds are adorable! You’ve got some great visitors to your yard!

  5. Mags says:

    They are just so cute. Do you make the Bark Butter or make it? I had not heard of it until I began following your wonderful blog.

  6. Snehal Kank says:

    Wonderful photos Kathy! baby birds are just adorable 😍

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