Monday, August 22, 2011

Downy Woodpeckers

This past spring I found a Downy Woodpecker's nest and monitored it from the excavation to the young ones' departure.

On the evening before the little ones (there were at least two - one male and one female) left I managed to get this short video.

The poor parents, already run ragged by demanding babies were now being bullied by the hungry little ones. The parent leaps backwards when the baby lunges forward. I can't help but laugh.

The parents were fastidious in cleaning the nest after every feeding (which is what you will see at the end).

I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. Of course I enjoyed it. You do know that you can embed the video right in your post?

  2. Wonderful! I wish that I saw more woodpeckers as I tend just to hear them. Flighty xx

  3. Hi AC - yes, I embedded the hawk video but this blog site has been giving me lots of grief lately. I tried at least six times to upload the video and got error messages each time. I am having problems editing, subscribing and commenting - arghhhh!
    Hi Flighty - they certainly are a delight to watch. I hope you will get a chance to see some.