Friday, July 17, 2009

Young Red Bellied Woodpecker

Putting out some fresh grapes and
some grape jelly and a freshly cut orange will
usually bring some interesting backyard birds
to my feeder. I had been searching for the
Red Bellied Woodpeckers nest but could not
find it. But here's the proof there was one.
A young RB showed up one morning to
check out the offerings

He very gently tastes the grape jelly....

But quickly steps up to check out the oranges

It would be no wonder he loves oranges, as I watched
as mom and dad took mouth fulls away to feed him

Then I notice he starts to call... something probably
associated with food

Dad showed up right behind him ....
They seemed to be talking

Then baby flew away and dad checks out the grapes...
still talking

Bright and early the next morning I catch a glimpse
of him once again

He's curious about me and my camera but not afraid

From this angle looking over the grapes you can't see
that he is actually eating one of the oranges

You can see a hint of his red head that will be
bright like his daddy's by next year

I like to catch him closing his eyes... almost
as if to say he is enjoying his early morning breakfast

Of course he is really only blinking..

What a handsome little fella he is

His father or mother would have gone by now
with one look at me standing inside the window

But that's a good thing about the fledglings... they are
fearless to an extent

I liked the light on this morning with the sun directly
on him. a little shadow of his beak

And speaking of fruit....

My daughter brought me an edible fruit bouquet yesterday

yummy yummy yummy.... the chocolate they use to
cover the fruit is divine... Great for a party! It was her and me
and we were 'full of fruit' when we were done.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done
Thank God for another year to enjoy His creations!


Lindy said...

Great pics!

And... happy belated birthday! The fruit bouquet looks absolutely scrumptious! What a great present! :)

JKoenig said...

Happy Birthday! A friend of mine received one of the fruit bouquets and said they were wonderful.

How fun to seen one of those babies up close. I see one like him up in one of our trees regularly, but so far only his parents have come to the feeder.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

First of all,Happy Birthday dear friend.Hope your day was extra special.I enjoyed the series of pictures.Young birds are interesting to watch.

Beth said...

Happy Birdday! And I love the baby red-bellied. I'm going to put out jelly, grapes and oranges right now!


Tina said...

Happy Belated Birthday J,
What a nice way to celebrate your B-day than with a yummy fruit bouquet for you and grapes and oranges for the young yellow-belly! Your photos are just wonderful..the lighting really enhances this guy's handsome features! I love how your back yard birds flock to your feeder to get that fruit..esp those grapes!! Your commentary is always so clever..cute post with some really neat pics. Hope you enjoyed our day!

DallasD said...

He's so sweet. Great pix!
I get some Red-bellied WPs at my feeder, but I haven't seen any young ones yet.
I've been wondering about those Edible Arrangements too - they have a truck running around here. Enjoy!

Craig Glenn said...

Awesome post J! I really enjoyed it. I love the RBWP's. They love the fresh oranges I feed them when I can get them.

I just posted some Mockingbird babies I am sure you will enjoy.

Craig Glenn

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Bird Girl said...

It's funny how different the baby looks in each photo shoot. When you see his entire body...he looks fragile. When you see the close ups the following morning...he looks robust and healthy - so cute!
Yummy birthday treat - and good for the 'ole figure ;-)

HANNIBAL said...

Happy Birthday! Great pictures of the baby! I've never seen a baby red-belly! Very cool! Great series of photos! Hope you had a wonderful B-Day!

jalynn01 said...

Thank you one and all for the birthday wishes and the kind comments. We have 7 birthdays in July and have one big party.. this week end at my house. You're welcome to come!

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