Here’s a handsome Downy Woodpecker, Dryobates pubescens, enjoying a peanut meal at a feeder in my back garden. Downy Woodpecker dads are wings-on dads, teaching their offspring the woodpecker skills required for living in trees and finding food.
His offspring, this fledgling Downy practices her tree climbing maneuvers. Hang on, little Downy! I think this fledging is a female as she has no suggestion of red at the top of her darling head.
Her tree climbing landed the young one at the top of the limb, ready to survey the landscape and take in some lessons from Dad.
Dad is nearby, ready to teach,
…and deliver a snack.
Fledgling Downy has learned well. I now see her almost daily, high up in the foliage or at the feeder, nibbling peanuts–just like her dad. Baby had a good teacher and an excellent dad.
Daddy Downy–the best dad any woodpecker could chirp for. Happy Father’s Day to all great dads who love and take care of their babies!