Tag Archives: fledglings

Fledgling downies

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker.

Downy Woodpeckers

Fledglings have been fluttering around, learning how to fly (easy) and how to land on things (harder).

As many as five at a time are coming in for suet, homemade suet dough, and sometimes peanuts.

Downy Woodpecker

Parents are still feeding the fledglings, if the fledglings can get close enough and chirp charmingly enough. But the babies can feed themselves too – especially when the food is so readily available.

Downy Woodpecker

Figuring it out.

Flickr photo album: Downy Woodpeckers all over the place

They sweetly assert


Baby bluebirds follow their parents to the feeder, last Thursday in the rain.


They wait…


… to be fed.

hungry baby bluebird


bluebird eggs

Discovered yesterday… a clutch of five more eggs from our hard-working bluebird mom and dad.

More on our backyard bluebirds: Bluebirds every day

A blog all about bluebirds: Bluebird Diary 2014

hungry baby bluebirds

As might be expected of creatures so heavenly in color, the disposition of bluebirds is particularly angelic. Gentleness and amiability are expressed in their soft musical voice. Tru-al-ly, tru-al-ly, they sweetly assert when we can scarcely believe that spring is here; tru-wee, tur-wee they softly call in autumn when they go roaming through the countryside in flocks of azure. – Neltje Blanchan, Birds Worth Knowing, 1917