|Red-bellied Takeout and Delivery|
What we didn't notice was the fact that the mottled recipient had no red markings. Males have a red crown and nape while females have half a crown, the red not extending forward to the bill. It was not the female but a juvenile woodpecker.
The fledglings follow the parents around for food. They are old enough to borrow the car but are unable to get their own food. The beggar would hang around on a nearby branch and wait for the parent to bring sunflower seeds either into its mouth or laid on a branch between them.
|Male and Juvenile|
As the young fly further from the nest, they continue to stay near the parents, getting fed for up to ten weeks. Eventually the parents have to drive them away to fend for themselves. This may sound familiar to some of you parents.